- Obviously it's vital the room looks presentable and there's nothing distracting lying in view. A bouquet of flowers, a colourful cushion etc, can lift the room and provide a good focal point.
- Think of leading the audience's eye through the image from one point of interest to another.
- Unless you're using it deliberately to create an effect make sure walls are perpendicular and the horizon straight. A door frame or wall at an angle can be quite disoreintating.
- Putting all the electric lights on enhances the atmosphere and creates a warm image. Table lights etc, usually look better even in daylight when they're lit.
- Candles should also be lit if they are present.
I use a variety of techniques. Here are some:
- Studio or off camera flash for fill light balanced with daylight.
- I generally always try to photograph during the day as window light is very important to the character of a room.
- Sometimes use tungsten lighting to fill in but if you correct for it you have to watch out because any daylight will be too blue.
- ND graduated filters used vertically are a great help in coping with balancing shadow and window areas.
- You can also try double exposures. First expose for the room with the outside of the window covered with black velvet cloth. Then take a second exposure for the window. This works well when you've got a small window and a large room, and you want to show detail outside.
I hope you find this useful. Please let me know and see my previous post in search of feedback. Many thanks.