Lighting property photographs is one of the most important things when it comes to getting great results, time after time in a range of different situations. Good, effective lighting is also one of the most difficult parts of interior photography to master. It takes a great deal of practice and experience to know how to light spaces in a way that looks natural and enhances the room. It’s fairly straightforward to fire a flash into a room and make everything look brighter, but that’s not what I am talking about here. Good lighting almost never comes from an on camera flash, and even less so from a direct on-camera flash. If you were to take a picture of a room from directly in front of the only window the results would not be nice. There would be little shadow and depth to the room and items in it. That’s pretty much what on camera, direct flash is and that’s neither flattering nor realistic. Great additional lighting only comes when you have the tools and the experience to use them properly.
Below are a few examples where we have added light to the shot to improve the end result. Lighting is not only key when it comes to illuminating a space (or series of spaces) but is so important to enhancing depth, texture and mood as these examples show.
To enable us to catch the detail in the flames of this log burner, the rest of the room was much to dark. By adding light we were not only able to improve the brightness levels of the room but also to bring out the texture and details in the bricks, stove and mantle piece.
Modern digital cameras are very impressive pieces of kit, capturing amazing amounts of detail all at the push of a button; the camera processes an image which you can print straight from camera. Mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones have also made big improvements in image quality and there are even some mobile phones that have 40+ megapixel sensors!
However, interiors are very difficult spaces to photograph; they ask a lot of even the most modern digital camera to create a professional looking photograph and are that is the reason why the camera needs to be
This blog shows how a photo evolves using multiple flashes to light different parts of an interior.
First up we have the conservatory lit correctly. As there were plenty of windows behind and to the right of the camera (as well as a Perspex roof) the room needed very little flash due to all the natural light. As you can see, the rooms/areas beyond the conservatory are very dark due to hardly any natural light getting to them.
A favourite shot from the last few months is this kitchen with bespoke, handmade units and part York stone flagged floor.
As you can see, this was the ideal angle to take a photo of the room from as it shows off the stone and red cedar wood flooring, as well as the staircase.
There was a bit of help in lighting this kitchen as, just out of shot, on the right hand side there was a window which let in some nice light. To give the natural light a helping hand, a flash was placed next to
As a property photographer you might expect the large country estate or the penthouse apartment to be the properties we love to photograph. Sometimes however, it can be the unassuming house in a small village that, when lavished with attention and imagination, can be the most rewarding to photograph.