HOT SHOT #1
Pete and Tony met up at a house slap-bang in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, and the architecture did not disappoint. Bath is known for its bright and airy Georgian town houses, and this three-storey property offered plenty of scope for honing Tony’s photographic skills. But before they got started, Pete took a look at Tony’s typical interior settings...
Manual Mode Pete says… Tony usually shoots in aperture priority, but with interiors this can result in underexposure, especially if you’re shooting towards a window. The bright light will fool your camera’s metering system into stopping down to compensate, with the result that the interior will be too dark. I asked Tony to switch to manual so we could have full control. tight framing Pete says… When shooting interiors, Tony only ever uses his ultra wideangle lens. Ultra-wides are great in a small room or in situations where you need to document everything, but with some shots here we could afford to be more creative. When you want to crop in tighter and be a little more selective with your composition, something closer to 50mm is ideal. Live view Pete says… Looking through the viewfinder is fine, and it’s how many photographers compose their images, but most Nikon D-SLRs feature Live View, which enables you to preview your image, and fine-tune your composition, without having to peer through the viewfinder. Live View is especially useful when you need to position your camera right in the corner of a room, and there isn’t enough space to look through the viewfinder.
Our Apprentice says… We walked around the house first to see where the light was brightest. It was too harsh in the kitchen and living room, so we started in the bathroom where it wasn’t as glaring. The fixtures and fittings looked incredible, and the tiling brought the whole scene together, and drew the eye in and across the bath, showers and sinks. There were so many ways to shoot this bathroom, but I settled on a wide corner shot to show off the size of the space, and used manual mode to expose for the interior rather than the brighter window.
When shooting with ambient light indoors, you’re at the mercy of the amount of light that’s coming through any windows. As such, a slow shutter speed is often needed, so a tripod is essential to ensure your shots are pin-sharp. Even when using flash (see page 54) you’ll need a tripod, because you’ll still want to set the exposure for the ambient light – and that means your shutter speed will be slow.
Take it all in
As well as using manual mode to set the exposure, using matrix metering, rather than spot or centre-weighted, will give a more accurate measurement of the light across the whole scene. Matrix metering takes an average reading of the highlights, mid-tones and shadows. In manual mode, you can then adjust the shutter speed to make the shot brighter or darker.
EXPOSURE 1/8 sec, f/7.1, ISO250 LENS Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6