Using a Phone for Interiors Photography

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I’m going to show you some detail about how I took photos for one of my recent blog posts. Earlier this week I published “Teenagers Bedroom Makeover with Grey, Marble and Copper“. I decided to take the photos for this blog post using my android phone which is an LG G6.

Here are the reasons I am using a phone instead of my Canon DSLR or my Sony:

Extreme wide angle photos

The LG G6 phone is unusual because it has a very wide angle option on the camera; much wider than any lens I have for another camera. Belle’s bedroom is far smaller than it looks in the photos. Even by squashing myself against the opposite wall, I was struggling to fit in the top and bottom of the tall furniture with a regular camera lens.

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Usually I wouldn’t be using a phone as it would risk the quality of my photos in poor indoor light. However not only was it a very bright sunny day but Belle’s room is almost entirely white and the light diffused very evenly through the slats in the white blind.

The LG G6 has manual functions

I figured that if I struggled to get good photos on auto then I could switch to manual. On the LG G6 I can adjust ISO and shutter speed most easily, and it’s possible to get quite a lot of control. However the room was so bright I didn’t bother in the end.

I don’t need very fine quality pixels in the final shot

The quality of my DSLR is noticeably better than any phone when I blow a photo up large. However for photos published on the internet, 1920 pixels wide is almost always going to be more than enough. There is more than enough quality when using a phone for that purpose.

Using a phone with bendy edges

With very wide angle shots all the vertical edges in the shot bend unnaturally. This does look quite weird. It is worse at the edges of the photo. I used the distortion adjustment slider to reduce the effect, although I can’t get rid of it completely.

Using a Phone for Interiors Photography on Falcondale Life blog. The story behind these interiors photos taken using a phone. Why the LG G6 is great for interiors shots and what conditions are needed to get good results. The difference between a phone and DSLR for interiors photography. Image description: Adjusting distortion in Lightroom edit.

Have you ever tried extreme wide angle photography? Tell me about it in the comments.

Related reading: How to Fake it as an Interiors Photographer

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9 Comments

  1. 7th May 2018 / 10:42 am

    I find myself using my phone for photos more and more. Mine you can change settings etc

    Have a good Bank Holiday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • 8th May 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Phones are changing rapidly. Thanks for hosting the link up again!

  2. Chloe Busby
    7th May 2018 / 8:13 am

    That’s so clever, I don’t think you can adjust the settings on an iPhone but I don’t find the lglrlsntoo bad xxx

    • 8th May 2018 / 10:57 pm

      You can adjust exposure on an iPhone but I don’t remember them having full manual.

  3. 6th May 2018 / 10:00 pm

    That’s a really good shot for a phone camera. I don’t know half the settings on my phone camera. The room looks really good too.
    #mysundayphoto

    • 8th May 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Thanks – as long as you’re getting the results you want, I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s when you want to move on to new skills that it becomes a challenge!

    • 8th May 2018 / 10:58 pm

      It’s the best thing about this phone really.

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