July 19th, 2016
Rima in London asked the following:
I am a freelance wedding photographer. I am currently trying to get into photographing properties to increase my income. I have a full frame Nikon D610 body with a 24-70mm lens. Is it possible get by shooting interiors with the 24-70mm? A new wide angle zoom lens is not in my budget!
Yes, I think it is possible to get by with only a 24 mm effective focal length lens when shooting interiors. I think there are a number of real estate photographer that do just that. 24 mm is kind of a sweet spot for interiors. Notice that many of the tilt-shift lenses (which are designed explicitly for interiors) are 24 mm primes. There is a reason for that. Sure, there will be some situations where you’d wish you could go wider and you may run into some estate agents that want you to go wider than 24 mm to make rooms look bigger than they are but by in large you can live with 24 mm.
Notice the above example. This a master bedroom that I shot with my back against the wall. 28mm clearly is not wide enough. 24 mm looks pretty good. 20 mm looks a bit better and 16 mm starts to look really distorted. In this particular situation, I could have moved to the right into the door and moved the camera towards the window. This would be a very traditional composition and easily be done with the 24 mm.
What do others think about living with just 24 mm?