How to Capture Photographs Featuring Windows

Photography is one of those fine art forms that most people think is easy to do until they give it a try. If you have a home design blog or website, you know how difficult it can be to truly portray how gorgeous your new office is on a dinky digital camera with three flash settings. Even if you do invest in great equipment, it really won’t make a difference unless you know how to use it.

It is also the same case as with capturing photographs featuring your windows. Yes, taking pictures with windows can also be considered an art especially when you would want to take a picture of that perfect fit venetians that you have just recently placed.

Anyways, here are the basic things that you should be considering when taking your photographs:

1. Light
2. Focus and Exposure
3. Staging
4. Composition

1. Light
The best times to shoot an interior and an exterior are eastside in the morning, and west side in the afternoon. The north and south sides can simply be shot whenever the light is bright. For your lighting, try to limit the extreme areas that are too dark or too bright. You might need to add light to the dark areas, and pull the drapes in for some bright areas, or just wait around until the light is more even in that room.

2. Focus and Exposure
When choosing an exposure, make sure to avoid over- or under-exposing a photo. Depth of field can be a difficult concept to grasp and execute. Have a tripod, and take a long exposure. Use the preview function on your camera, study what depth of field is, have a bigger f-stop. I’d recommend f16 or f22.

3. Staging
Really look at the compositions of each spot, and see if you like what is in and out of the frame, as well as how/where things are placed within the frame. When staging, work with one colour direction, and layer that colour throughout the photo to add richness and depth.

4. Framing and Composition
You really want to have a wide selection of shots, so take more than you normally would. Experiment with all sorts of angles and frames so there are a lot to choose from. When you’re shooting an interior, deciding whether or not to include people or animals is usually the decision of the client.

If you do opt to include people in your shots, it always looks better and is easier if you’re not shooting them straight on. If you get a side or profile view, it’s a bit better, and doesn’t draw attention to the person. You want the focus to be on the interiors. If you don’t want to include people, or if the client doesn’t want you to, it’s always nice to create the illusion that the space is lived in even if it isn’t. A half glass of water, maybe that perfect fit venetians or something similar can help you do that without adding people.

These aren’t rules per se, they are more guidelines that you can follow when taking photos of your home, a framework within in which you can move around, experiment, and have fun. The great thing about these is that they are applicable to almost any situation and level of photography.

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