Some Interiors & How They Were Photographed

by William Lulow

I’ve written some articles previously about shooting interiors with available light. I normally do not like to shoot interiors without adding some light either to fill-in darker areas or to bring the light level up to where I can shoot at ISO 100 and at least f/11. You need pretty good depth of field in order to render enough sharpness. Adding light will let you do this. With all this said, here are some interiors I shot fairly recently in a nursing home. The client was a company that installed railings, walls, doors and other hardware. These were all shot with the following settings:

-ISO 200

-f/11 or f/16

-1 or 2 second exposures

-Giottos carbon fiber tripod

-Canon 60D

-17 – 55 mm f/2.8 lens.

-Sekonic meter

White balance was left on AUTO. All the fluorescent lights came out looking normal.

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I think these interiors shots are good for the conditions under which they were made. There were people walking around and patients often had to be wheeled through the halls as we were shooting. The situation did not lend itself to using artificial lights. The light stands, cords, power packs and umbrellas would have taken up too much room and become dangerous to the patients. Sometimes, conditions, budget and other factors influence how photographs are made. This was one of those times. The client did not have a large budget. Even so, a lot of care and thought went in to producing these images, which were ultimately used in a product catalog.