📸 Skai Chan Photography

Interior / Real Estate Photographer in Singapore


#1 High-end VS professional interior photography

All interior photographers have different shooting styles, including the choices of equipment. I've classified my interior photography into two types - professional and high-end. Since every photographer may use different terms, do go through mine below to find out more.

Professional interior photography

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▲ Professional interior photography done using handheld DSLR. The high quality image is good enough for web viewing purpose, even on large desktop monitor.

Professional interior photography is for people who require professional high quality images (that may have noises/ grains) but don't need to do large printing - it's mainly for web viewing, such as social media and websites. As long as the pictures aren't used for large prints (posters/ magazines), they will look clean enough, including on desktop monitors.

The photoshoot will be done with full frame DSLR camera and lenses, handheld (no tripod). Without having to adjust the tripod for every shot, the pace of shoot will be much faster. Since the duration is being reduced, we can also afford to work on more creative angles and focuses.

The greatest advantage is that since less effort is required for professional interior photography, the rates are lower than high-end interior photography's. The lower earning doesn't affect me as long as my effort spent is compensated so that I can continue with my photography journey.

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High-end interior photography

high-end interior photography
▲ High-end interior photography done using DSLR on tripod. The extreme high quality picture is good enough for prints. It's also possible to be executed during dim light situation.

For people who require extremely high quality (sharp and clean) images. More time and effort would be needed for each shot, with the use of a tripod that has to be adjusted before every shot.

This is suitable for professionals who wish to use the images as their portfolios or for magazine/poster printing, or wish to better brand their companies in order to attract clients with higher spending power. The photoshoot will be done with the aid of a camera tripod and therefore, longer time will be required.

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#2 Interior photography rates

These photography rates are quoted based on the effort I would be spending on the individual interior photography projects. For example, I would need to spend more time for the high-end photography, and thus the rates are higher. I'm delighted to take up any interior project, regardless of the price, as long as I'm being properly compensated; it helps me to continue with my photography.

Professional Interior Photography

By Projects / Hours Studio, 2 bedrooms (up to 1.5 hrs) $200 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms (up to 2 hrs) $250 Jumbo, Maisonette flat (up to 2.5 hrs) $300 Others From $200

High-End Interior Photography

By Projects / Hours Studio, 2 bedrooms (up to 2 hrs) $250 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms (up to 3 hrs) $390 Jumbo, Maisonette flat (up to 3.5 hrs) $460 Others From $250
By Number of Photos Up to 4 photos $250 Additional photos(s) thereafter $60/photo

Optional

  1. $100 for privacy of the photos (photographer will not put them up on portfolio & social media).
  2. Express delivery of photos: check rates & availability with the photographer before confirmation.

Important Notes:

  1. Photos will be returned in high resolution JPG format.
  2. Photos will be enhanced with basic editing.
  3. Packages do not include the exterior of the apartment.
  4. The photographer decides what to capture, with advice from client.
  5. The photographer shoots as it is, without styling and cleaning up the location.
  6. Please read Checklist, FAQ & Service Agreement before making enquiries.

Different kinds of charging methods

These are the common ways interior photographers would charge their clients.

  1. Per photo
    Charging by the number of photographs can ensure that the photographer is able to give his best with a peace of mind, without being pressurized to complete the project fast. This is usually for clients who wish to get top quality photographs.
  2. Per hour
    This is straightforward and suitable for projects that are not common that the photographer isn't able to estimate the amount of time required. This is to ensure fairness to both the photographer and client.
  3. Per project
    The photographer can quote a price based on the estimated number of hours required. This is a more clear-cut method although the estimation may not be accurate since every project is different.

#3: Interior photography galleries

I've grouped my interior photography portfolios into the various galleries for you to have a basic glance on what you'll receive for working with me.

I. Residential - Full

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The whole apartments are covered.
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II. Residential - Partial

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Only highlights of the apartments that interior designers have done.
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III. Residential - Styled

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Styled by visual merchandisers - a solid few work in each album.
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IV. Resorts and Hotels

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V. Showrooms

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The showrooms of interior design (ID) companies.
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VI. Commercial

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Commercial properties such as pubs, bars, restaurants.
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#4 Recommendation for individuals

  1. Home owners
    Housing in Singapore is expensive and thus house is the most expensive thing that most people would have purchased in their lives. To add on, renovation can cost a lot. Therefore, it's good for individual home owners to do an interior photography for their beloved houses, which they would be living in for a long period of their lives. We've to accept the reality that there will be wear and tear over time, and many owners may not be able to maintain the cleanliness over time.

    Apart from keeping memory, some home owners also want the pictures taken so that they can put up their houses for sales in future. With the interior pictures taken at the top condition of the house, it reduces problems in future when the owners decide to do the interior photography.

    I would recommend home owners to take up my professional interior photography packages due to its affordability and versatility. Unlike high-end photography, which is more for formal presentation, my professional photography would allow me to capture the interior pictures in more interesting angles and focuses.
  2. Real estate agents
    Real estate agents require good interior pictures of the properties in order to showcase the properties to potential buyers and tenants. In this era, it's important to utilize the internet, which can be cost-effective by allowing potential clients to have a rough feel of the properties. Interior pictures eliminate wastage of time by narrowing down the number of actual viewing to cater to clients who are much more interested in the properties.

    I would recommend real estate agents to take up my professional interior/ real estate photography packages due to its affordability since real estate agent may have many properties on hand - the bills will pile up. My professional interior/ real estate photography is good for producing professional looking pictures that can impress the general public.
  3. Interior designers (IDs)
    All interior designers (IDs) should keep a good portfolio of their design work to showcase to potential clients, especially in social media. This is a good investment that will benefit their interior design companies in the long run.

    I would recommend interior design companies with good budgets to take up my high-end interior photography packages. The image quality would create a stronger branding to attract clients with higher budgets. The images are suitable for large prints, in case they are required to be printed out on magazines.

    For interior design companies that wish to cut down on expenses, it's good to consider my professional photography packages instead, especially if the images are to be used only for social media and website. They will look good on the desktop monitor screen (not just on mobile phone!).
  4. Business owners (hotel, restaurant... etc)
    It's important to showcase their amenities online to their potential customers and good quality photos will reflect well on their businesses - branding.

    I would recommend business owners to take up my high-end interior photography packages. In situations where huge amount of area has to be covered, the professional interior photography packages can be considered as well.
  5. Furniture companies
    A good way to present the furniture is to do an interior photoshoot that focuses on the piece of furniture while incorporating the interior design to complete the picture. The furniture company can arrange for an interior photoshoot at the clients' houses.

    I would recommend business owners to take up my high-end interior photography packages, including hiring a visual merchandiser to style up the setting to create the mood. It may cost more overall but definitely worth it in the long run.

#5 Why do you need a professional interior photographer?

Doing an interior photoshoot is not simply holding a DSLR camera and pressing the shutter button. You need to have proper equipment, knowledge, experience and art sense. Eventually, it's always best to engage the professional to do it instead of you taking up the role.

  1. Equipment
    Camera body, wide angle and other lenses, tripod.

    Good wide angle lenses can produce sharper images and will have less distortion at the edges. A full-frame camera body can produce cleaner images and take in more light. Adjustable and sturdy tripods will help to get a large depth of field to catch the entire interior clearly, and allow settings that produce less noise, so that the images can be printed out in large printout.
  2. Knowledge
    Even if you are rich enough to buy all the necessary equipment that are required in order to create great interior photographs, you have to have the knowledge as well. You have to know how to set them up physically and also how to adjust the settings of the equipment. It is the photographer's job to use the best setting possible for each scenario. Besides that, you must also know what to do and what not to do with the equipment. Timing of shoot and colour of lighting will also affect the end result.
  3. Experience
    With the equipment and knowledge, you still have to have the experience in order to take up unforeseeable challenges.
  4. Art sense
    You need the art sense to capture good interior photographs in good angles. If there is no visual merchandiser in the team, the photographer has to do the job, at least to make sure the place is not in a mess.

Apart from the above, interior photography is a tough job. Carrying the equipment and setting them up takes time and energy. To get the best image possible, there will be inspection on every image before making more adjustment and re-snapping again. Thus, to get a good professional image, there will be multiples of clicks and it takes time.

#6 What you should take note of

  1. Duration needed for a shoot is not easily determined
    Since the situation for every venue is different, most professional photographers will not be able to determine them as well.
  2. Tripod slows the photoshoot down a lot; quality matters
    If you want to get very sharp and less noisy photographs for large print, you will definitely need a tripod. However, using a tripod with slow shutter speed would greatly require much more time.
  3. Fast work with limited quality
    One possible way to do an interior shoot within a short time frame is probably to (1) ignore the status (tidiness and angles of furniture) of the house and snapping (2) only one photograph and (3) without using tripod before moving on (4) without looking at the result to see how it can be done better (adjusting the angle of lens, furniture, decoration items or just hiding a cable). (5) High ISO has to be used, which will cause noise in the photographs while (6) the depth of field has to be lowered to have less sharp photographs.
  4. Timing of shoot is important as well
    Unless the place does not have windows, timing of the shoot is very crucial to determine the quality of the photographs.

#7 The interior photographer

Due to the fact that my house is small and messy, I have a special liking for good interior designs and looking forward to design my own house in future. Since young, I love visiting friends' houses for temporary getaways. It is a joy to share things and photographs of the nice interior work are great gifts.

The longest time I have spent on an interior shoot is 4.5 hours, working on just a studio apartment with a mini garden, which is in a moved-in condition. Many clients are amazed over the actual effort and amount of time spent, and I'm glad that they eventually understand the difficulties after witnessing me working.

If you are looking for professional interior services, do look through my portfolio to know the quality of my work. If you appreciate my work, do contact me for a non obligatory discussion.

Interior photography shooting style

  1. Lighting
    My shooting style for interior photography leans towards natural feel and thus I'm always using natural light; I always avoid adding extra light (flash) to the scene to avoid changing the interior designer's design on the lighting. I may bring along my lighting equipment.
  2. Angles
    There is a standard way of capturing formal interior pictures that will not go wrong. I enjoy going for some interesting angles if I'm given the time or clients seek creative work.
  3. Overall sharpness
    For interior, I do with large depth of field for the overall sharpness. It's unlike doing a portrait shoot that many girls like to have blur background so that the focus would be on them.

Page last modified on Thu, 10 June 2021