📸 Skai Chan Photography

Interior Photography

  1. Types of Interior Projects
    1. Residential - Full
    2. Residential - Partial
    3. Residential - Styled
    4. Resorts and Hotels
    5. Showrooms
    6. Commercial
  2. My love for interior photography
  3. People who need interior photography services
  4. Why do you need a professional interior photographer?
  5. What you should take note of
  6. Interior photo shoot rates

#1. Types of Interior Projects

1. Residential - Full

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The whole apartments are covered.

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2. Residential - Partial

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Only highlights of the apartments that interior designers have done.

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3. Residential - Styled

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Styled by visual merchandisers - a solid few work in each album.

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4. Resorts and Hotels

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5. Showrooms

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The showrooms of interior design (ID) companies.

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6. Commercial

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Commercial properties such as pubs, bars, restaurants.

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#2. My love for interior photography

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.

My 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, although I may bring along my lighting equipment. I also hope I won't change the interior designer's design on the lighting.
  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.

#3. People who need interior photography services

  1. Interior designers
    Interior designers should also keep a good portfolio of their design to showcase to clients, especially in social media.
  2. Business owners (hotel, restaurant... etc)
    It is important to showcase their amenities online to their potential customers and good quality photos will reflect well on their businesses.
  3. Home owners
    It is a good idea for new home owners to do interior shoot to keep a memory of their well designed houses before things start going messy. Some home owners also want the pictures taken so that they put up their houses for sales.
  4. Property agents
    If a property agent depends on internet to showcase the properties on hand, he would definitely need some good interior photos of the properties.

#4. Why do you need a professional interior photographer?

Doing an interior photo shoot 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 scenerio. 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.

#5. 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 photo shoot 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.

#6. Interior photo shoot rates

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  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 and the photographer isn't able to estimate the amount of time required.
  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.