First off I want to thank everyone for all the positive comments regarding my new blog series on iPhone camera tips. I plan to continue to share useful tips using both the the iPhone camera and a DSLR on a regular basis. Since many of my designer friends are getting ready to attend High Point furniture market, I thought today’s tip might be especially useful. It’s something very basic but it can have a huge impact when photographing furniture, and the tip is is how to correctly hold the camera.
It is a very common mistake that I see all the time. Designers hold their camera or cell phone up high by their face, frame the photo, then tilt the camera slightly downward toward the subject and shoot. Tilting the camera down causes a distorted view and the subject appears wider at the top than at the bottom.
In the above image I held my cell phone up by my face and then tilted it down to take the photo. See how the lines in the image converge inward in the lower part of the image? The distortion can always be corrected with an editing app but you won’t need to if you hold the camera level with the subject.
Now here is the same shot (unedited) with my cell phone camera held lower and level to the subject. Very little distortion.
So the important lesson when photographing furniture is to be sure the camera is level and not tilting either upward or downward. Your cell phone or DSLR should be on the same level as the subject you are photographing. This may mean bending down or kneeling on the floor but it will result in a less distorted photo.
Here is another example and again I held the camera up by my eye level.
You can really see the distortion in the above photo. The bottom photo was then taken with the camera down around my waist level and held on a parallel plane to the console. See how much less distortion there is?
One other thing to be aware of is that the closer you are to the subject the higher the distortion. If possible stand back as far as possible and then crop in tighter later if needed.
I hope this camera tip was helpful and for all you designers heading to High Point, let me know if this improves your showroom photos.
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