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How to Photograph Large Interior Spaces

Recently, the team at BLACKWATER Promotions embarked on a mission to take high-impact photographs of Kellogg Conference Hotels’ updated rooms and event spaces. With a shoot like this, it comes with its own rules and we were prepared for the job.

When it comes to photographing interiors, the most important tools in a photographer’s arsenal are a wide-angle lens and a tripod. A wide-angle lens (such as a Nikon 14-24mm f2.8) allows for a more expansive view than what normal zoom lenses would provide. A tripod will help keep your camera locked into place. It works wonders if you need to steady the camera to photograph multiple exposures of a scene or if you’re producing long exposures while working in low-light settings.

Another great method for photographing interiors is something called “bracketing.” Simply put, bracketing is when you take multiple exposures (one very dark, another very light, with several frames in between), of the same scene and combine them into a photo editing program to bring out more contrast and visible details in the shadows.

If you don’t have access to editing software that can merge multiple exposures together, a portable Speedlight is a decent alternative for lighting up your space. While keeping your camera on the tripod, you can traverse your interior space, firing a flash in areas that need extra illumination. If you don’t have a partner with you to assist, use a wireless remote to trigger the camera while you’re moving around.

If you’re interested in interior photography for your business, BLACKWATER Promotions is ready for action. Contact us today to set up a consultation.