Cap­ture a life­style

James Pater­son shows you how to take flaw­less life­style shots of at­trac­tive in­te­ri­ors us­ing nat­u­ral light plus some ex­tra flash

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How to set up your cam­era and light a room for splen­did in­te­rior photos

From mag­a­zine fea­tures to ad­ver­tise­ments, trendy life­style in­te­rior shots have mas­sive – and mar­ketable – ap­peal. In this tu­to­rial we’re go­ing to show you how to com­pose and light your own fash­ion­able life­style in­te­rior set-up.

The com­po­si­tion of your in­te­rior life­style shot is key to its suc­cess. Look for el­e­ments that lead the eye through the scene, such as gaps be­tween fur­ni­ture and open door­ways or win­dows, and make sure there’s not too much clut­ter within the frame. You may also want to bring in a model to help give your im­age a fo­cal point and sell the life­style dream.

In ad­di­tion to the com­po­si­tion, an­other im­por­tant fac­tor is light­ing. Ideally the light should be bal­anced and bright, mak­ing the room seem airy and wel­com­ing. Nat­u­ral light is best for this sort of shot, as it’s soft and flat. If the room has large win­dows, make the most of it. How­ever, try to avoid shoot­ing when di­rect sun­light

Look for el­e­ments that lead the eye through the scene, such as gaps be­tween fur­ni­ture and open door­ways or win­dows, and make sure there’s not too much clut­ter within the frame

is com­ing through the win­dows as it brings in too much con­trast.

As well as us­ing nat­u­ral light you may also have to bring in an ex­ter­nal flash­gun to light the back part of your im­age. In our ex­am­ple the front liv­ing space was lovely and bright, but the back room was gloomy, so we had to use flash to brighten it up.

If you’re go­ing to try this your­self, you will, of course, need to find an in­te­rior worth pho­tograph­ing. You can google apart­ments to rent in your lo­cal area and you may be able to con­tact the land­lord di­rectly, and of­fer them the pic­tures in re­turn for a cou­ple of hours in the space. It’s al­ways worth ask­ing!

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