Planning to go for a renovation? Either a large bar or a small room, your interior designer should have an idea of condition of the area. A customized interior design (like the one from archiparti) can be done only if the designer has a full command of the space; the designer or contractor has to be aware of the potential of the flat. In addition, knowing the location of windows, fuse box, air conditioner, and many other items is critical to deciding where to put new items and move existing ones. Furthermore, photos may not only provide background information about your space, but also inspire the designer!
In this article, we would like to share some essential tips on DIY site photo taking for communication with designers. Go through this guide, take accurate and informative pictures of your space, and enjoy the rest of your interior design process as well!
Why do you want a new interior design for your space? Are you about to have a baby, move in or out, or simply want to refresh yourself? When you are requesting a designer or a contractor do renovate your place, you first need to identify the reason why you are doing this, because it is the core of a personalized design. Depending on your purpose, the same space can be arranged in tens of different ways. For example, a small room in your home could be your kids’ toy room, your study, or a family TV room.
When you are taking photos of your space to communicate with your interior designer, you always need to remember to show the actual condition of your space. To do so, followings should be included:
✓ 4-8 shots each for all rooms/area
✓ 1-2 shots each for all ceilings and floors
✓ 1-2 shots each for all openings (windows and doors)
✓ 1 shot for each existing non-moveable item (e.g. fixed cabinet, air conditioner, curtain)
✓ 1 shot for all electric switches and the main fuse box
✓ 1-2 shots for gas and water supply
✓ 1-2 shots each for all areas with problem (e.g. leakage)
✓ 1-2 shots for whatever to be kept after the construction work
✓ 1-2 shots each for the entrance, main lift lobby, and floor lift lobby
We would like to once again emphasize the importance of ceiling situation, because ceilings may be slanted, have beams, lightings, built-in air conditioners, etc. It is highly possible that ceilings are in an unusual condition, so it is very important to capture the ceiling situation. Floors, windows, and all other openings (including doors) should be taken into serious regard as well because they are not moveable nor easily modifiable. Amount of storage is another significant part of renovation, because it is directly related to the house structure as well as the possible degree of modification. Last but not least, don’t forget to take photos of special corners or situations.
Here, the key point is real and inclusive. You need to deliver the true appearance and circumstance of every part of the space to be recreated.
There are a number of things you need to keep in mind during the actual photo shoot step.
First, take photos clockwise to capture all 360° of the area. By following a single direction, the designer can have a more vivid and correct imagination of the space. (Say you follow clockwise for some rooms and counterclockwise for the others; the designer will be mixed up and have a wrong image of your space!)
Second, square each corner of your frame with each corner of your space. This will help you find horizontality and balance in your photos.
Third, show out the location of the main fuse box. The purpose of this shot is not to show how your fuse box looks like, but rather to show where it is located so that your designer would avoid blocking or hiding the box with other items.
Fourth, check the angle. Is the camera standing far enough to contain all the necessary characteristics of your space? In other words, is the angle wide enough? Is it accidentally truncating certain side? Unlike brightness or color, angle is something you cannot fix in the editing process. Hence, pay attention to the angle, and take multiple photos of each item from slightly different angles, so that you can choose the best one among many.
You should have prepared the floor plan of your property before you began taking photos. (If not, go check our DIY Site Measurement article right now!)
The floor plan is not only for the designer to use, but also a useful resource for you. Keep referring back and forth to the floor plan to indicate which photo is for which location. Take a regard of site measurement as well, since it is another pointer that helps you organize your photos.
Simply put, suppose that you are building an information tower for your interior designer: floor plan is the foundation, site measurement is the framework, and site photo taking is style and decoration. You need to come up with all these three to provide complete data.
Along with site measurement, site photo taking will be one of the first things you would do for an interior project owner. (Again, refer to our DIY Site Measurement article if you need some advice on this topic!) Again, the most important thing about DIY site photo taking is clarity and accuracy. Hence, try to portray it as it is. Make sure that every part is reflected, and easily noticeable.
Even if you haven’t been thinking of renovation, it should be tempting to refresh your space after reading this article. What to wait for? Visit archiparti website and discover stunning, customized, and professional designs waiting for you.
Dana, archiparti blog contributor