Have you always wanted to capture your home in its best light? With the help of professional photographer, Graham Jepson, The Home has compiled the need-to-know details for the perfect shot. Follow this simple guide and you’ll be well on your way to editorial-inspired images of your home’s style.

1. Spot the unique feature

Confirm what it is about the scene/object that makes it interesting to you. You need to get the viewer’s eye to see what you’re seeing. Do this by either isolating, picking out, or lighting that item/space in an attractive way. Keep your eyes open for the
small details!

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2. Be selective

When photographing interiors you’ll be amazed how little field of view you need in a shot to communicate what the room or setting is about. A small part of it will usually do and it will make for a bolder image.

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3. Turn off the lights.

Cameras don’t see as our eyes do and they don’t like mixed light sources, for example: mixing daylight from windows and ceiling lights. Window light is usually more flattering to the scene. Exceptions apply, for example, if it’s an amazing chandelier that’s the hero of a room and grabs your interest.

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4. Calculated composition

Use ‘the rule of thirds’ when framing your shots. Put your major parts of the picture a third of the way into the camera’s viewfinder. It’s the way the human brain likes to have information arranged.

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5. Bright lights

Our eyes always look toward lighter, brighter things. Be sure to put your interesting items in the lighter part of the photo, not the dark area.

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Images: Graham Jepson
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