Take These Steps To Create An Engaging Bedroom Photograph

Outside Toilet.jpg

The moment I walked into this bedroom, I felt warmth, I felt character and by all means, this is a really old house because the toilet is situated outside (The ugly green extension).

That's besides the point, so anyway, let's get back to the lovely room represented below:

 A Typical Real Estate Photo

A Typical Real Estate Photo

Nothing special huh? The room is simple but it is too dark and uninviting. Nothing like what I felt when I walked in.

 

Brighten the room - Adrian Tan Photography

Ok I just added a flash above my camera and it's much better. This is definitely deliverable to your typical real estate agent, but another annoying issue is how warped the bed looks. This is what happens when you want to "show everything" and are limited to using a wide angle lens. It's called wide angle distortion and it's not pretty.

There's also too much "nothing" on the left, so let's fix that in the following image.

 

 Come in closer

Come in closer

So I went with a longer lens which in turn reduces the distortion on the bed and gets rid of unnecessary empty side bits.

I also lowered the inside flash to make the scene feel more natural and added a chair to fill the empty left side I spoke about before. It definitely feels much more inviting now! But let's keep going.

 

 Understanding the Sun

Understanding the Sun

Whilst the sun sets on the opposite side, I now know during dawn, the sun will cast a beautiful glow of light through these windows so I modified a flash with a warming gel and placed it outside. I also turned off the inside lights and flash to see exactly what the light is doing and it looks beautiful! This would make a nice moody night shot.

 

 Inside flash back on

Inside flash back on

Not aiming to be super moody and dramatic, so I turn my interior flash back on and now it's way too bright!

 

 Reduce and match interior flash to ambient feel

Reduce and match interior flash to ambient feel

Now here's where the image looks 80% completed, maybe even 90%, but lamps are still off and they do add to the feel so I turned them back on, did the final shot and ran it through photoshop for the final image.

 

 Final Bedroom Image

Final Bedroom Image

Well I hope this was an interesting read for you and I hope you've gained something out of me sharing my thoughts and process of photographing.

See you in the next one :)

Styling by April from FHSA