Though running an interior design blog can be hard work, if you want to enhance your photographs, consider these golden rules.
Whether you're new to the world of interior design or just starting your journey, you want your portfolio to speak volumes about your quality of work. It may not be worthy of Elle Decor or Architectural Digest, but it needs to speak to who you are as an interior designer.
The key to creating a noteworthy interior design blog or portfolio is photography -- there are no two ways about it. Read on for a few tips to help you capture the best photos.
- Make Every Photo a Priority on Your Interior Design Blog
Your interior design blog is an online blueprint of your quality of work as a designer. It's the first point-of-reference your potential clients have with your style and level of expertise. Therefore every single photo on your blog needs to be the best possible quality. Not only will this represent your level of work, but it displays professionalism and attention-to-detail -- a highly prized quality in the interior design world.
- Double-Stuff Bedding and Other Soft Furnishings
If you're photographing a bedroom or living room, this is a pro tip to ensure these rooms look all-the-more cozy and welcoming. Sneak in an additional comforter underneath the bedding to plump and fluff it up. Add in another layer of pillows for a voluminous feel. Otherwise, you can also wrap pillow inserts in additional batting to make them look extra full. Fluff and pump sofa and bedding pillows before you shoot for an extra cozy touch.
- Strip Down the Walls
No, you don't need to physically strip down the walls of the room you're shooting. But digitally, this is important. A good tip is to edit out all the distracting and unattractive elements of the walls in a room i.e. light switches, cables, air vents, and power outlets. Using a photo editor, take some time to strip out these elements for a neat, clean finish on every photo. Check out this easy-to-use online photo editor by Adobe, here.
- Color Correcting is Crucial
Lighting is everything when it comes to taking the best portfolio photos. This is where color correcting can be a complete lifesaver. Reflections, shadows, and natural sunlight can wreak havoc on your lighting, causing major distortion in an image. Once you have your first round of photos done, take some time to color correct any lighting distortion. Concentrate on representing the wall colors, furniture shades, etc. In other words, you want to depict, and maybe enhance, all the real colors of a room.
- Bye-Bye Wrinkles
Let's be honest -- no one's home looks completely picture perfect all day, every day. Photographers and stylists spend so much time on steaming, draping, ironing, and plumping to get the perfect shot. And you should too. Wrinkles in bedding, curtains, carpets, cushions, towels, and more are a major interior design no-no. Invest in preparing every shot with attention-to-detail which will make all-the-difference.
- If There's No View, Create One
If the room you're shooting has a limited view or backs up onto a face brick building you can always superimpose your own view into a photo. It may be the wrong season, time-of-day or just bad weather. Place a location photo into the view from a window that seems realistic and fitting. With a bit of simple photo editing, you can create a view where there isn't one!
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