June 7th, 2016
Can you tell me what the most popular settings for shooting interiors are? Also, how would you set your flash and would you use a Gary Fong Light sphere?
Shooting interiors I usually shoot at f5.6 and white balance in Auto. then set my SB-700 to TTL. What do you think is the best metering to use for each also. For larger rooms should I use a Higher f-stop in order to capture more detail?
Your question is a classic one and the answer to it is that the best way to use flash to shoot interiors is not to use your flash in TTL mode but to use it in manual mode and to use the process that is explained in this post by Scott Hargis. Most real estate photographers that use small flashes to light interiors use some variation of this technique. This technique is so popular that Scott has created several resources to teach this technique:
- The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors – An ebook that explains this technique.
- Lighting For Real Estate Photography – A series of video tutorials that teaches this technique.
- Also, Scott is in the process of doing an Interior lighting class for Lynda.com. There are currently two parts and there will be more in the future.