“How come my pictures look nothing like in real life?”
Ever had those thoughts when you see casual photos of your venues? Something looks so nice when you see it with your own eyes, but come out completely different in your camera? Froomz obtained some simple photography tips from an old pro and would like to share with all of you.
1. Do not rush out to buy the latest and greatest equipments. A cheap point n shoot camera works just fine. The pro who spoke to Froomz offered to show that — following the tips below — her iPhone photo achieved almost the same results as photos from a 5D Mark II + an L lens. (We’ll have to see about that!)
2. Turn OFF the on-camera flash. I know, this is indoor photos. I know, this is anti-intuition. I know… that annoying flash automatically pops out anyway…. If you use on-camera flash inside a restaurant, it’ll end up with washed out faces and very dark background as if you’re in a cave. If you take a quick scan in MySpace, you’ll know what I mean. While those are super cool for college parties, if you want a 3D look of your venue on a 2D screen, simply find that button with a little lightening on your camera, and switch it off. Yes, the photos will be dark and blurry. We’ll get to that.
3. Get a tripod. Take a look at Amazon, those cost as little as $2 for a table-top mini tripod , less than $10 for a 4-5 feet tripod. If you could mount your little camera on a tripod, this will help stabilize everything, and images won’t be as blurry.
4. Use a self-timer on the camera. While the tripod itself is good, our pro has zero tolerance to motion blur when it comes to interior photography. With point and shoot camera the best is to use a self-timer. No matter how much you can work fingers like feathers when you “click”, it’d still send shock waves through the little camera.
5. Staging, staging, staging. Turn on the lights everywhere, use candles and set up the table as if you’re serving guests. Do you have any unrelated objects in the background? A forgotten broom against the wall? Inspect the venue thoroughly before you take the pictures.
6. Pick the best daylight. If your room has no windows, this tip won’t apply to you. If you plan to take photos in a room with windows around, make sure there’s no direct sunlight shining into the room. It’ll create over-exposed spots while darken somewhere else. We need the lightsource to be even. In short: The best time to take a photo should be on a sunny day, but no sun shining INTO the room.
7. Switch angles and take as many as you can. The beauty of DIY is that it’s entirely in your control, since you’re not wasting any films with digital cameras, you can take as many photos wherever and whenever.
Sometimes all it takes is to take a photo from a different angle or a wider angle.
If you’ve followed everything and still can’t achieve that perfect photo that will do justice to your venue, shoot our photography expert an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for some one-on-one assistance.
The Froomz Team