Guidance about interior photography, please?
I am traveling to Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria in 2.5 weeks. In between Czech beer, German brats, and Oktoberfest I expect to visit several castles and cathedrals. I am traveling with a D7000, Tokina 11-16, and Nikkor 18-200.
I favor shooting landscape and wildlife. I have no experience with interiors. I'm interested in tips and recommendations for how to shoot inside these castles & cathedrals.
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#1. "RE: Guidance about interior photography, please?" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberSun 02-Sep-12 12:56 AM
Sounds like a great trip.
I would try and use a tripod, but that may not be an option (public safety and all that)...better to ask for permission in this case than to beg for forgiveness. One article you should read if you haven't already is Developing Proper Hand Holding Technique.
Depending on how well your camera performs at high ISO, I would first do that. I would also use RAW for easier postprocessing. If possible, I would also add a fast wide angle or normal prime.
With interior photography, you typically want to keep the verticals vertical by keeping the sensor plane parallel to the walls and perpendicular to the floor. Of course, rules were meant to be broken and I find that exaggerating the keystoning (leaning back) of structures can emphasize the height of some of those amazing structures.
I prefer to shoot wide angle when at all possible, so your Tokina should be very handy. Be careful of extreme angles, as they tend to lead to barrel distortion.
If you can, I would shoot some interiors in HDR.
Scroll through the forum, I'm sure you'll find some other relevant threads.
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#2. "RE: Guidance about interior photography, please?" | In response to Reply # 1OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011Sun 02-Sep-12 10:00 AM
Tripods are usually a no-no, but a passable substitute can sometimes be found in the use of a 'bean bag'. A small packet filled with a quantity of polystyrene beads. Its lighter and smaller to carry and able to provide both a cushion and stabilisation when placed on e.g. a step, shelf, back of a pew, against a wall, etc.
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#4. "RE: Guidance about interior photography, please?" | In response to Reply # 3archivue Registered since 26th Mar 2002Tue 04-Sep-12 07:32 PM
Simpler would be those video table pods, three rigid blades foiling into one, with a good head. It's small, black (usually) not much visible under a camera. Setting it against a pillar or a wall (holding it) will allow for some low speed.
You can (if possible) also use it to aim the camera at the ceiling, leaving it on the floor, if there isn't too much people!
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