Lately I’ve been photographing interior architecture for designer’s portfolios. Apart from having to go into shopping malls it is work I enjoy. What I don’t enjoy about shopping malls is the sensory overload. Lights, signage, canned music, it’s all a bit frenetic.
Mostly the work is about isolating the architects design and making the design the hero of the image. A favorite lens for this is the Canon 16-35 used at the 16mm on a full frame camera. With the wide angle lens in close to the subject, the background recedes and the foreground takes centre stage. I often use a polarizing filter to cut down refections from shiny surfaces. Another technique to isolate the design is to use a longer lens and a large aperture to throw the background out of focus. And lastly, taking multiple shots and stitching them together in Photoshop. This is good for extreme wide angle views but has the downside of distorting straight lines (see no.8 the sequence above).