Home decorators often need professional photographs of the places they design. There may come a time when it becomes absolutely necessary to take flawless pictures of certain objects say when a beautiful new kitchen is recently installed. With the kitchen as the indoor playground, you need a little bit of imagination and creativity to capture immaculate pictures of the unique objects around the kitchen.
But before you head in and start taking images, it is extremely important to know what these pictures are intended for. Are these pictures supposed to be used in a general portfolio or for electrical appliance installation? Know the purpose of this photography and run ideas to get the results beyond expectations.
The kitchen holds a world of photo opportunities. If you can channel your imagination appropriately, you can undoubtedly end up getting remarkable photos of objects such as utensils, cabinets, your best bread machine and other small appliances. For capturing clean and crisp shots of the kitchen’s objects, it is essential to carefully lay out a selection of objects and utilize natural light efficiently.
Important Tips for Taking Pictures
- Take wider images in landscape mode. Tall pictures are not recommended for professional photography because of the cropping that occurs while publishing them on the websites and in magazines.
- Always remember, ‘the more is the resolution, better is the outcome’. Ensure your images are at least 1024 × 768 pixels in size.
- The room where you are about to shoot should be well-lit. Keep your camera flash in auto mode. Most importantly, the light source should be behind you in case photography room does not have sufficient natural light.
- Picture of each and every object should come out clean and crisp. This is only possible when you hold the camera steady.
Get Ready for Photographing
A wisely chosen work surface for photography will definitely make for a perfect background. In fact, the background plays a vitally significant role in the making or breaking of a picture-perfect image. If you can get a remarkable background for your objects, it will be an icing on the cake.
The second step of the photography session is to arrange selected objects on the worktop in various compositions. Grab your professional camera and a tripod and always aim your lens downwards. Photograph with the camera in auto white-balance or incandescent white-balance depending on the overall color cast you want to achieve. Figure out some interesting backdrops for your images and try as many angles as you can. Certain appliances may look better at slightly tilt angles while others may need wider angles.
For some objects such as wooden spoons, you can use a torch on its side. The light from the torch creates a very oblique and contrast light to add a stunning element to the overall photograph. The focus should always be adjusted manually according to the light, angle, and object. Use the exposure compensation control for enabling auto exposure mode. This will correct all the exposures accordingly.
Which is Better- Natural Lighting or Camera Flash?
As a professional photographer, it is always preferable to use natural light over flash. Natural light provides a softer feel to the photo and also illustrates the delicate nuances of the objects efficiently. However, the intensity of the camera flash, on the other hand, is very high which gives a more uniform appearance to the objects. Flash can capture fine details excellently. So, if there is a lack of natural light, use a flash which can adapt to different shutter speeds. This will enhance the quality of light and picture exceptionally well.
How to Choose an Angle Smartly?
An angle of the photo is immensely beneficial in the illustration of light and space. If you want to make your object appear smaller, you can go for a top-down approach in your camera’s angle. But for adding more size and depth to your object, you should always choose a bottom-up angle. Whether you need a three-dimensional perspective or a one side view, choose an angle wisely.
Adding depth and realism is a verified means of drawing the attention of the viewer into the photo. Another crucial factor of taking pictures is to never overstate the critical nature of the size of the photo.
In the world of kitchen photography, larger pictures are easier to work with. So, grab your camera and get to work!