Posted by: photographytuition | November 9, 2012

Photographing little rooms

I’ve been photographing pubs and inns recently for their websites.

The exterior views were ok considering the time of year and the interior shots of the dining rooms and bar area were pretty straightforward. The bedrooms were a little more tricky but what was a nightmare were the en suites. They were tiny!

Nikon D7000 with Nikon 12-24mm lens at 12mm. ISO 400, 1 second at f11.

This is the largest of the en suites!

The white balance was set to auto. The photo is straight from the camera – no alterations whatsoever.

I set the camera to RAW  in case I had to make any changes to the colour. The 12mm focal length was just about wide enough but even wider would have been better. Reflections in the mirror and shower door were a problem – if you look closely you can see a bit of a tripod leg reflected in the door near the handle – must remember to respray the legs matt black – the last coating has all worn off.

With the camera on a tripod I used a remote shutter release and set the camera to ‘mirror up’. This meant that on the first press of the remote release the mirror flicked up, I then waited a few seconds before taking the actual exposure. The reason for using this method is that the mirror is quite big and heavy and when it flicks up it can cause the camera to shake when using long shutter speeds like 1 second.

Not all cameras have the mirror up facility in which case make sure you have a really sturdy tripod when taking long exposure shots.

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