Friday, January 1, 2010

Photography lesson.




I was poking around online looking at Peter Dunham stuff, and I noticed these two photos. Isn't it amazing what good photography (on a tripod, with natural daylight...) can do for a room? When I look at the top photo, the whole scene looks tired and a bit granny with that harsh light. And then I see photo B and I want to move in.

With more people blogging about their own homes, I thought it might be useful to re-post THIS bit of interior photography advice that Paul Costello was kind enough to email me a while ago.

24 comments:

Jeff said...

Very interesting. Thank you for the repost, I missed it the first time around.

boops said...

thank you times a million!!!!!!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Agreed, absolutely. And what's with rooms being shot at midday but with every lamp turned on? Serious pet peeve.

Jenny said...

Great post. I always wonder what these homes "really" look like. It's not too different from the 16 year old models in the fashion magazines. A little bit of styling and we're all pining over them.

Francine Gardner said...

I agree that lighting is critical.i work with the best photographers when my projects are being shot for publications. Then i am left to my own camera when taking pictures for either our own records,my blog, trips, mementos etc... it is sometimes so frustrating as you envision the shot and the result is so disappointing. I found it necessary to invest in a good digital camera with at least 2 lenses, tripod and lighting and keep learning and trying...

Sharon said...

I don't normally do New Years resolutions, but killing the flash might be a good one for me to consider.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if it's the light or the angle. Having the chaise in the second picture changed the entire feel of the room. The two chairs by the skirted table - not too good. Did you mean to say the top photo looked "grainy" or "granny".

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Thanks for re-posting that! I just bought myself a fancy shmancy new camera for xmas and just cannot get my interior shots (or food shots for that matter) to look appealing...Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

The other problem with the top picture is the angle, which emphasizes the "too much packed into a small space" quality.

Decorno said...

Anon 7:29 - Granny.

Anonymous said...

These are photos of the former Hollywood at Home in Almont Yard. It looks as though the second photo was reversed since the windows are to the right of the table and the entry staircase is on the left. Not sure what was going on with the lighting in the first photo, but I can tell you that this room always felt fresh and bright in person. Granted, there was a lot of stuff in the room, but understandably so since it's for sale!

Ivy Lane said...

I could definitely use a good lesson..or 2...or 3... I have to take pics for real estate listings..always a challenge to get the right light... going to try it without the "auto" flash..

Happy New Year Decorno!!

Brigitte said...

Thank you for the repost! I struggle with this, as I'm just starting to experiment with taking shots of my space.

My issue is...my place gets very little natural light no matter what time of day it is. I bought full-spectrum lights that I use only during the day (way too glaring at night), because then it seems like sunlight is flooding in. But it's just a trick, and it doesn't help the quality of my pictures at all. Le sigh.

Donna @ dh designs said...

Thanks for the lesson and repost!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Decorno, yes we have seen a lot of "granny" on the blogs recently. It's time for some sophistication in what bloggers present their readers. Not all of us are country. Believe it or not, tacky is as costly as good design.

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

This is sooo so true. These are great tips.

(However, I have to say that, to me, there is something to be said for looking at a space that's been "polaroided". I write about it here: http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2009/08/polaroid-that-space.html )

Kelly

DoxaHome.com said...

What a great post, thanks for re posting as I had not read it previously either. I clearly need to invest in a little set up, thanks again! Jenny...you are so on point, isn't that the truth! All the best.
Jaime

Penelope Bianchi said...

Hi!!!!
It is me....Penelope! I have a request!

I am a regular poster to blogs......and I think some like me......I would like the word "Granny" to be removed from the "pejorative" pile of words. Maybe you didn't have one....(a Granny) maybe you think it is funny.

Blogs have no rules and have lives of their own....

I just want to say....."Granny" can be very cool!

I Because I am a "Granny" and I am also a decorator who has been in business for 40 years......and published in a few magazines. And; proud to be "Granny" to 7 grandchildren"

Just a question!! What say you??

Penelope aka Granny

Anonymous said...

Penelope, I don't believe that "granny" is being used here in a negative way toward "grandmothers". Our children are lucky to have them and we someday fortunate to have that distinction. That said, however, I believe the word "granny" took on a life of its own this week-end when certain pictures were shown of one on a design blog sitting on a less than attractive sofa wearing flannels with pink flamingos. Now, if you are a grandmother and I think you indicated that you are, would you like your photo scattered across the four corners of the world looking like that. I didn't think so. The word "granny" may just become the new word for bad taste, bad design, bad sofa, bad pictures, or whatever in design that doesn't hit the bulls eye. It's yesteryear without being vintage or antique, you know sort of early Oregon Trail. I'm sure you know the photo - go study it.

On the Border, By the Sea said...

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Anonymous said...

On the Border, yes you are so right. This is one cool lady. I read an article in a magazine about her. The article featured her beautiful kitchen and the story of her life. Wow, a real asset to the blog world and such a dynamic woman. I am so glad you mentioned her for the readers here.

susan said so said...

I didn't even realize it was the same room.

xox,
Susan

http://confessionsofasineater.blogspot.com/

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

I take such crappy interior photos. Maybe there is hope for me.

Daisy's Mercantile said...

Photography is what is holding up my website. I can figure out how I can run a store, create a product line, raise kids and cook anything yet taking a picture illudes me. I need to take a class but everybody wants to take you out and shoot pictures of nature and I don't give a shit about that, I want to take pictures of stuff.