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Taking interior photos for a construction Company. (Canon S5) (7 images)
Hey guys,.

Here's one to mess with your brains..

I own a Canon S5. My boss thinks I take nice pictures. But honestly I'm not 100% satisfied and I know they could be better.My Mission:.

Visit job sites we've worked on and take pictures to put in our portfolio & in our website. These pictures need to look good. I'm sure my Canon could handle it as I've done some decent ones in the pastBut what can I do to take my interior pictures to the next level?I use a tripod & usually work off manual settings..

Should I try to get a hotshoe flash? a filter? what should I get to improve my shots?Any advice with Lighting, settings, composition would be helpful as well..

So with my Canon S5, I'm bound to get noisy photos..

Here are a few shots I took of a Japanese Restaurant in Manhattan..

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Thank You in Advance.

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By the way we do a lot of retail & corporate work.AIG, CITIGROUP, BARNEY'S, Etc.Canon Powershot S5is - CHDK..

Comment #1

Get a level (as in construction tool) or straighten all of those in photoshop and they will already look much better...

Comment #2

Here is my non-expert advice..

First of all, especially considering the difficulty of the subject, I think that you have some quite good shots. I particularly like the shots of the ceiling and the reflections in photo 4..

Equipment:A filter would not help..

I am not sure about an external flash. I am inclined to say stick with available light, but somebody else might have a different opinion. It might be worth posting a more specific question on the Lighting Technique forum..

The most useful addition would be wide angle adapter for you lens. This would give you a lot more compositional options..

Technique:.

Since you are using manual mode I assume that you know something about photography already..

If you are shooting from a tripod you can keep the ISO at it's lowest value to avoid noise..

I would try bracketing some of the shots, especially the darker ones. Try increasing the exposure by 1-2 stops - it doesn't cost anything to experiment!.

Try to avoid extremes of light in the shot, particularly windows. Your third shot is generally too dark because of the bright windows/doors at the rear. The foreground is too dark while the window/door is blown out. The camera cannot cope with the extremes..

I would definitely use custom white balance - the auto white balance doesn't normally work very well with artificial lights. If you need help in using custom white balance ask a specific question on the Canon Forum..

Your last shot looks a little blurred. If you were using the tripod, perhaps there was some vibration. Try using the self timer to avoid this..

Composition:.

I would try to exclude people from the shots, but that is just my personal preference..

Watch out for out of focus objects in the foreground, e.g. the seatback (?) in photo 6..

Avoid too bright objects in the foreground, e.g. the light white area in photo 4 (but I like the reflections in this photo)..

The restaurant is a pretty difficult subject, but a wider angle lens would give you a lot more alternatives..

I hope that you gets lots of advice from other posters..

Best of luck.Chris R..

Comment #3

Thanks for your input Chris, I will use your pointers for sure, where can I get a wide angle lens though? From Raynox? Sheesh, I sure hope my company pays for this stuff Canon Powershot S5is - CHDK..

Comment #4

It's true that you need a wider field of view but I wouldn't waste your money on a wide angle adapter. To do this job properly you need a DSLR and an ultra-wide lens. A Canon 400D and the EF-S 10-22mm lens would be perfect..

There is a tendency for people to always recommend a DSLR and it's not always justified or affordable, but it really would make a huge difference in this case..

Just a few observations about the shots you have posted:.

- Verticals must be vertical. To avoid the 'converging verticals' which are especially noticeable on the last shot, never angle the camera up or down. Instead, keep it level and crop the top or bottom as required by the composition. You probably can't do that with the S5, but you will be able to with the ultra-wide..

- Watch the details. Is that your legs in the second shot? And if you don't want people in the frame, politely but firmly explain that you need a clear shot. (If you have a professional-looking camera this becomes much easier!).

- My guess is that room would look better when it is dark outside, although it's hard to say without being there...

Comment #5

Canon makes a wide angle converter:.

Http://www.amazon.com/...er-Digital-Camera/dp/B0009NEUOK#moreAboutThisProductThis will take it from about a 36mm equivalent wide angle to 27mm..

Of course, if your company is willing to pay for some equipment, you could always get a DSLR with a much wider angle lens as another poster has suggested. Using you instead of a pro is saving them much more than the cost of a camera.Chris R..

Comment #6

LOL yea, you noticed my legs, no one in the office did until I mentioned it and they told me I was "Picky" LOL..

Thanks for all the advice guys. I dont know if I can get them to buy a DSLR. I wish, OMG I wish...Canon Powershot S5is - CHDK..

Comment #7

I noticed some of your shots are blurred so your tripod may not be sturdy enough and you may not be using the self-timer to trigger the shutter. Interior shots like these where there's no subject action, just put it on a sturdy tripod, use the lowest ISO, set the self-timer to 10 sec. (or even 2 sec.), and take your time to obtain a focus lock (i.e. half-press first before full press). Leave the camera on wide-angle, use highest image quality. Avoid too bright highlights dominating a picture..

This way, you'd get the best quality the camera can offer. If the boss wants even better quality, then he's got to approve that DSLR upgrade with wide-angle lens, right? ;o)..

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