Interior Photography – Scaddy Road

I have been doing interior photography now for a couple of years.  Whilst it is not a massive part of my business it still occurs enough to count it as an active discipline.  I guess before i started business back in 2008, the years before would of been active in the housing market in Northern Ireland.  This inactivity and withdrawal of business from the housing market is reflected in the houses i now photograph.

Years ago before the latest recession i heard of photographers making a living on interior photography alone!

The houses that my current clients, UPS are sending me to are at the upper end of the housing market.  Very often the houses i photograph are at least 3 or 4 bedrooms, usually with a drive way and front and back gardens.  But every now and again they send me to a house that is a little bit bigger.

Scaddy Road is just outside the County Down village of Crossgar and is around 6000 square feet in size so just even reading this statistic should tell you that this house is big.

The vendor had requested as usual professional photos as he felt they would show off his house to the max.  But for me what made this slightly different to most interior photo shoots was that the vendor wanted a video walk through.  I purchased a Merlin Steadicam several months ago for my own use but this would be the first time a client specifically asked for a walk through video.

For the photography i would be using my Nikon D3s with a wide angle 18-35mm lens coupled with an SB-700, 800 and 900 speedlights.  I would use the same camera and lens for the video walk through.

One of the challenges that interior throws up is controlling and maintaining an even state of light.  Usually i would control my speedlights with the wireless SU-800 but because speedlights were some times placed in different rooms the signal from the wireless flash trigger couldn’t reach the flashes.  I switched to the Phottix transmitter system that uses the 2.4GHz radio frequency meaning that as long as the flashes are within 150m range of me they will fire.

Another issue with interior photography are hot spots.  Most people will point the flashes (thats if they use them) straight up at the roof which can cause high light problems with huge white spots in the photos. I think with interior photography its important that you use something to bounce the light forward as well as up.  I some times even bounce the light directly off the wall rather than the roof to prevent these hot spots from occurring.

The final thing i think you need to be careful with when doing interior photography is distortion.  Because wide angle lenses tend to “bend” straight lines in an attempt to fit so much in at a wide angle you need to be very careful at the height you shoot at, the width of the lens and the distance from the thing you are photographing.  Thankfully Lightroom 4 does a great job with the inclusion of profiles for each lens i have keeping distortion to a minimum.  Check out the video below but make sure to click the little cog icon to change the quality to 720p.

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