Styling for a photoshoot

        I love rearranging everything on my bedside table and taking interior photos. I have come up with a pretty good recipe for taking and editing photos in this room now. I have even created a couple of desktop lightroom presets that I sell here.

        Styling is key, and what works for the human eye is not always great in the rectangle area that you get on a camera. I will often take quite a few photos before realising things need to be rearranged. You need lots of layers and different heights. Things might be more overcrowded than you would have them IRL.  There needs to be lots of details for the audience to explore and discover. I like to use colour to entice and capture interest, and I make sure everything in the photo has a purpose.

        Once you feel you have filled the space with enough pretty things, you need to work out your angle of view. I like to get a little bit lower, in a squat position.l I don’t use a tripod as I feel it encumbers me, and I need to be squished back into a corner, and be free to change my height and angles quickly.

        Ochre linen bedroom

        Camera Settings;
        f/1.8 - f/2.0
        ISO 100 - 2000 max

        Camera Settings

        It’s not often that I would shoot from a high angle looking down because I prefer to have straight veritcal lines, and it’s not possible to have that if you are looking down on the scene.

        I use a Canon 6D with a Sigma Art 35mm lens and the following settings – f/1.8 – 2.0 because I like bokeh and I like to focus on one thing with the rest slightly out of focus. I often change my focal point to the left, right or bottom, but my plane of focus is usually at the front of the scene.

        Depending on your light, I like to always have my shutter speed at no lower than 250. I like sharp! I will then adjust my ISO up if it’s too dark, but generally I never go above 2000. If you need to go above 2000 then the room is too dark. I leave all of the lights off, and just use natural light.

        Lightroom Settings

        My favourite Lightroom trick to make your photos look Pinnable, is to fade highlights using the tone curve. Bring the right point on the curve down on the right axis as shown in the pic.

        I also use the Transform option set to either auto or vertical.

        I like to keep my whites bright, but highlights low. Shadows are low, blacks are always dark at around -30 or so. If you bring blacks up above 0 you are fading them, and I think that looks a little weird.

        In the colours window I add richness to oranges by saturating a little bit but darkening. I set the yellow luminance to somewhere above 0 (+50 depending on white balance) and I desaturate yellow. I prefer cooler, white whites, with warm tones elsewhere. I also add a little grain for god luck.