Photographs by Colin Walton based in Tunbridge Wells
Photographs by Colin Walton
I feel the most successful interior design shots are shot straight-on with any vertical perspective corrected. This is what separates professional photographs from simple snaps. I have to be prepared by bringing all my cameras and lenses. In most cases a wide-angle lens is needed to capture whole rooms. Sometimes this has the deceptive effect of making the rooms look too spacious, so I take a range of shots for the client to select from. I use a second camera to take a series of closeup details that the client can intersperse with the whole room shots. For example on the Ensor Interior Design photoshoots I have ganged-up three of my close-up shots together, to give a detailed view of the rooms. In some cases I have used flash to fill in extra dark areas, but in general there isn’t enough time to light whole rooms, so I take long exposures using available light.
I like to research a location, spending time exploring ways to bring out the best features. Generally they are of large architectural significance such as The Barbican, but also include contemporary architectural masterpieces such as Liege Guillemins station by Santiago Calatrava where I stayed in a hotel opposite the station. Photographing it at different times of the day to see how the light changed.