Ark Blog Header Image

 

Interior Bathroom Photography: Eight Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting

Tuesday 12th March, 2019Return to Bathroom Blogs


Photos often don’t do many things justice. So we’ve compiled our top eight tips for showing off your perfect bathroom:

DSC03527r

Bathroom Photography is not Easy

Many bathrooms are very tight spaces with the never ending possibility of reflections – whether it be glass shower doors, glass windows, chrome finishes or the many mirrors. Not to mention overhead lighting can vary considerably from bathroom to bathroom. So don’t be too hard on yourself as, just like anything else in life, you will improve with practice.

A wide angle lens is a MUST

You don’t want to go so wide that it distorts your images but given the tiny space of many bathrooms, you can’t go without a high quality wide angle lens.

DSC03374r

Don’t Try and Incorporate the Whole Bathroom in the One Photo

With that being said, although its tempting with the magic of wide angle lenses, don’t try and incorporate the whole bathroom in a single photo. Attempting to incorporate the whole bathroom will only give a lower quality; and possibly an unrealistic and distorted perspective. The aim of the game should be to focus primarily on two bathroom walls at any one time. For example, the picture above is focusing on two primary walls and although it incorporates much of the bathroom it doesn’t not attempt to include the side window, vanity and sink.

Bathroom Lighting and Natural Lighting Will be Your Friend

There’s no greater friend in photography than lighting and the lighting in bathrooms can actually be both your friend and your foe. Of course, for many bathrooms, you can’t go without flash photography. It’s important to play around with overhead bathroom lighting, bathroom windows during different times of the day and flash photography.

Harness the Power of Bounce

If you’re in a bathroom with poor lighting then aiming your flash at the ceiling (i.e. bouncing the light off of the ceiling), rather than aiming the flash directly at the subject, will give the most natural look.

005_Open2view_ID493291-4_292_The_Esplanader

Angles, Angles, Angles

Getting a specific angle is super important in interior bathroom photography. In most cases it is best to aim just above the sink and optimally in corners of the bathroom. All the while ensuring that the many leading lines of a bathroom don’t look distorted. Ensure everything looks correct on the day as it will be near impossible to fix in post production editing.

Incorporate Freehand and Tripod Photography

Tripods are a must in bathrooms for professional shots but experimentation with handheld photography can be just as important too.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Finally, photography is all about experimentation with different techniques and perspectives. Don’t be afraid to try something different.