10 Feb Capturing interiors – a photographers guide

Source: Fujifilm X Blog

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By Maria Fernández

Beautiful interiors are no longer only to be seen in interior design magazines. From restaurants and cafes to hotels and offices, every business, no matter its nature, is making an effort to incorporate some type of style and design to their interiors. We can’t deny there is a big trend to make spaces look simply beautiful. Interiors are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. As in any other type of photography, lighting is the most important factor in an interior shoot. Also having the right kit will help to capture the design, style and look of the space at its best. This trend has pushed interior photographers to innovate and get more creative with their photography. So if you want to learn a little bit more about the rise of interior photography and what kit to use, you are in the right place!

I switched my DSLR for the Fujifilm XT1 not long ago and it’s all I have been using until just recently, when I also added to my kit a new Fujifilm XT2. I use mainly prime lenses for everything except for interiors. My lens kit for interiors consists of:

XF 10-24mm f/2

XF 23mm f/1.4

XF 56mm f/1.2

A wide perspective

The wide angle-corner shot is probably one of the most common interior shots. Pick a corner of the room, get your camera on a tripod, get as close as possible to the wall, use your widest focal length and shoot. I absolutely love my 10-24mm f/2. At 10mm there is hardly any distortion at the edges, so I don’t have to worry about my images looking too fish-eye like. This type of image captures a room in its whole, giving a sense of space and layout. Bare in mind, not all angles will have a good perspective of the room, so check them all before you chose which one makes the room look at its best. Now, I never shoot at f/2, in my wide shots I like having every single detail sharp in focus. No depth of field. In terms of lighting, I try to portray the room as clear as possible in my wide shots. I leave the arty shots for my other two lenses.

Shot with the XF10-24mm

Shot with the XF10-24mm

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