Five Tips for Fab Interior Photo Shoots

11 January 2018 - 2:57pm

Savour Partnership recently published a great blog featuring five tips for fab interior photo shoots, and how to get your photography and projects published. Here's a sneak peek.

Tip No. 1: PHOTO SIZE AND RESOLUTION

Photos should be delivered iat 5000 px and 300 dpi for print use; and 2000 px and 72 dpi for web use.

Images that are too small will be fuzzy, pixellated and unusable.

For the web, you need smaller sizes as most screens won't accommodate a 5000 px image and if you try to upload one, the sides will get cropped off! 

So, for each image your photographer sends you, you want to ask them for it two ways: This will not cost you extra and is very easy for your photographer to do, if he or she is asked to do it ahead of time. 

Tip No. 2: NEGATIVE SPACE ACOMMODATES TEXT

Magazine editors want images with negative or "empty" space - particularly for covers - where text can be laid out and easily read without impacting the beauty of the overall composition. 

Tip No. 3: IMAGE ORIENTATION

Have your photographer frame the exact same shot three different ways.  Print magazines almost always feature vertical orientation, in 8.5-by-11-inch format. Web based publications typically want your horizontal images, and for use on Instagram, the orientation is square, 1060 px. But, even more than this, ideally, you want to control what appears in the image. You don't want to have any style aspect of your image cropped, because you are not providing it to the publisher in the correct orientation.  Have your photographer frame the same shot vertically, horizontally and square. You may have to reposition some furniture and styling elements to ensure the great composition in the various orientations.

Tip No. 4 : ONE PHOTO SESSION,  MANY USES 

Plan your photo shoot for other uses.

A. CLOSE UP IMAGES.
For instance, if you have a beautiful new interior design job, and you want to submit it for regional or national publication, but you realize the big, national publications can take up to nine months to give you a yes or no answer. What do you do? 

How do you still showcase your work on your website, blog and social media channels to attract new clients, without diluting your opportunity to have it published nationally? 

Close-up detail shots are shareable on your social channels and blog, while reserving the full room shots for magazine publication. 

B. PRODUCT SHOTS FOR VENDOR USE
Plan your shot list to get product shots of the vendors you really want to support, and who are positioned to support you, too, by sharing your work on their own sites, blogs, and social channels. 

Tip No. 5: TO GET PUBLISHED: KNOW YOUR STORY. KNOW YOUR POINT OF VIEW. EDIT ACCORDINGLY.

Before your photoshoot, plan, in your mind, and then with your photographer, the story you want to communicate with your images. Think through how the images might fit in with the content that a magazine's audience would want to be inspired by, or learn more about for their own homes. Edit visual clutter. This includes everything that is non-essential to the story you want the images to tell, and bringing in those styling elements that will help convey your message.

Editors need clean, aspirational images, where every element in the image aligns with the content and story that will surround the image. 

And, really, isn't this what great design IS all about? Right?

Read the full article HERE.