Verticals and horizontals
A checklist for photographing interiors
Last week I came home with a set of real-estate photos and found I'd overlooked a camera setting. Damn.
The next day I re-shot them and I started this checklist for photographing interiors.
- Dark clothing to minimize reflections
- Wide-angle lens, the wider the better
- Remote control, the camera's timer will work in a pinch
- Tripod + L-bracket
- Circular polarizer
Set up the camera:
- Aperture priority
- AE bracketing on, typically 5-shot brackets in intervals of 1
- Auto ISO off. You're using a tripod, you aren't shooting movement, so you don't need auto iso which otherwise I totally depend on.
- Set white balance
- Attach polarizer
- Aperture set for maximum depth of focus and sharpness, f/8 is good
- File type depends on processor. Photomatix can process Nikon raw but cannot process Fuji nef.
Check the rooms:
- Turn on all the lights
- Look for reflections in mirrors, windows, cabinets
- Look for anything out of place such as:
- Wires, dishes, etc.
Back at the computer:
- Copy images to file-type-specific folder.
- Batch process with Photomatix after setting bracket number and output folder
- Bring results into Lightroom then develop as follows:
- Fix verticals and horizontals
- Adjust contrast, clarity, shadows, etc.
Photomatix processing speed depends on the computer, the files, and output type chosen. I tend to generate several outputs but usually I only keep those marked Enhanced. On this day I shot 34 scenes, each with a 5-shot bracket, which produced 170 files and Photomatix took 3 1/3 hours.
And while I'm waiting I'm listening to Vasen's Mitt I Livet (In the middle of life).
I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves.
But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.