Interior Bathroom Photography: Eight Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting
Tuesday 12th March, 2019 – Return 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:
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.
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.
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.