Explore Creative Side of Furniture Photography: Ideas and Tips

Furniture photography is a niche that many people know little about, but it can be a very creative process. The emphasis of this blog post will be on the more creative side of furniture photography. We’ll discuss the various techniques and ideas to try to create unique product photos for your business!

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1. What is Furniture Photography

Furniture photography is a niche that many people know little about, but it can be a very creative process. The emphasis of this blog post will be on the more creative side of furniture photography. We’ll discuss the various techniques and ideas to try to create unique product photos for your business!

2. Basic Equipment

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Here are some basic pieces of equipment that could help you in your furniture photography work:

● Tripod-Obligatory for any sort of camera work includes using video too (no need to buy an expensive one)

● Digital SLR Camera -For DSLR, I would recommend Canon Rebel T-i or EOS 1100D, Nikon D3300. But any good quality camera will work

● Remote trigger -you can either use a standard model that costs around $20 or you could go for an expensive wireless one if your budget allows

● Macro lens and/or Extension tubes -these are optional but may come in handy when attempting creative photos of small objects such as jewelry etc.(I’ve already written about macro photography check it out)

3. Techniques to Make Your Furniture Look Its Best

One of the best ways to make your furniture look its best is to use a light background and dark accent pillows. You can also try to use white sheets or white bedding pulled up under the sofa cushions for a beautiful backdrop.

Another great way to demonstrate your favorite piece of furniture is by placing it in front of an interesting landscape with natural props, such as bark, leaves, logs, vines, tree stumps, or flowers that are blooming in their natural state. You can also create the same effect by taking photos at different times of the day.

You can also try using a grid to highlight key pieces for certain rooms in your home. To do this you will need two frames with one being black and the other white or any color you would like. The way it works is by placing the black frame on one side of your furniture while leaving space in between for accent colors to pop out at the viewer. Then place a mirror with the same dimensions as the frames directly across from them and take photos using natural lighting. This will create an interesting effect that can be used time and again!

4. Tips For Taking Great Pictures Of Your Rooms And Decorations

Decorating the house is really fun, but shooting the photos can be SUPER stressful. You want to get it right, but sometimes it’s just not possible. I’ve learned a few tricks to help you take great pics of your rooms and decorations- here are four of my favorite tips:

1) Be serious about what you’re photographing. This should be the most important thing in your picture, so stand or sit long enough to make sure everyone understands what your photo’s about (this makes sure you don’t waste time on pictures that aren’t any good).

2) Consider which perspective will work better for your photos. If you’re taking pictures of one object, try standing above or below it; if you’re taking pictures of a group, try to step back so you can see everyone.

– Don’t have too many things in the picture. There should be no distractions for your viewers and everything must contribute to what you’re trying to say – otherwise, it’s just visual noise!

– Get as close as possible without cutting off any important details that would confuse or distract from the main subject/theme. You want people who are looking at this photo to know exactly what they’re seeing (and why). If there is more than one object within a frame, make sure each has its own point of interest and doesn’t cause confusion between two objects with similar shapes or colors. This will only serve as clutter and away from your overall goal: to tell a story.

– Be sure to clear everything out of the background, even if it’s something you love!

You don’t want anything in your photo that will take away from what you’re trying to say – each object should have its own place and purpose without any distractions. This is especially important when taking pictures outdoors as items within the landscape can be very distracting for viewers (unless they are posed specifically). Don’t forget this rule applies indoors too: make those curtains or furniture pieces disappear by removing them with editing tools like Photoshop or Lightroom. Just remember not to remove things that really matter as part of the scene/story unless absolutely necessary! In cases where there isn’t much choice left but to include an element that you don’t want in the photo, place items at angles that aren’t distracting or pay attention to how you position your body with respect to the background.

– Make sure nothing is reflected on any objects!

If there are windows or light sources around it can be very easy for reflections of things like lights and faces to appear within an object’s surface (like glass). If this happens, most cameras have a ‘red eye reduction’ mode which will help reduce these distractions – try using it when taking pictures indoors. You can also edit out unwanted details afterward with software like Photoshop or Lightroom but make sure not to lose important parts of your story while doing so. Another option would be moving away from direct light sources until they’re no longer causing problems.

– Don’t be afraid to experiment with angles!

The most interesting shots are the ones that don’t occur naturally, so take some time to play around and see what you can come up with. It could also help to have someone stand in the scene while you practice moving around them – just make sure they’re okay with it first 😉 This will allow you to try different perspectives without having much setup work involved, allowing for faster editing down the road when trying to find a shot within all of your pictures. Have fun playing around until something catches your eye – then, start experimenting even more by changing little things like height (standing on boxes/chairs), distance (moving closer or further away), or focal length (zoom in or out).

– Use your camera’s grid mode.

This will help you frame the scene by helping to keep everything straight and organized, ensuring that there are no crooked lines within a photo (which can be distracting for viewers). It is also important when taking pictures of objects from above as it ensures they all have equal height – making sure nothing looks smaller/larger than others. This trick works best if you’re shooting with a wide-angle lens at close range but any focal length could benefit from this setting! Just make sure not to forget about it afterward: crop your images before going on to edit them so all sides look equally proportional 😉 Another helpful tip would be using an app called perspective control’ which helps you correct any distortions caused by a lens’ field of view.

– Use your camera’s ‘macro mode’.

This is the setting that allows you to focus on objects very close up, allowing for detailed shots of almost anything! This mode also comes in handy during nighttime when lights are the only sources available – it will help you capture light trails without having to do much post-production work 😉 Just remember not to shoot right into bright lights (like street lamps) as they might cause over exposure or leave ugly-looking spots within images. You can always use software like Photoshop or Lightroom afterward if necessary but try to avoid these issues at all costs! Another helpful tip would be finding something small and interesting near windows/doors after dark – you can then experiment with different settings to see how they affect the size/brightness of any light trails which appear within your images.

– Don’t be afraid to use a tripod!

Some photographers swear by them but even if you’re more comfortable without one, there are many situations where it would come in very useful: low light settings (like nighttime) or when wanting to shoot from a stationary position for an extended period. This is not only helpful for keeping things still and avoiding camera shake issues that may appear while holding/moving around your camera for too long; it’s also necessary when experimenting with slower shutter speeds as these might cause any movement made by hands/people to become visible within images. Make sure to keep your tripod stable while using it though, as even the slightest bump might cause unnecessary blur in images!

5. Creating A Story With The Images You Take

A great way to create a story with your images is to use text or typography. You could overlay the photos on top of one another, type out a sentence for each photo, combine photos with some explanations, or use title text on top of the images to tell the story.

This is a great way to create a story around your images and it can be done in post-production as well, so you don’t have to worry about making the lighting perfect when shooting!

– You could also use title text on top of the images to tell a story.

– Try inserting one photo, explaining it, and then moving onto another image or set of images with some titles or explanations for each one.

– Combine photos with some explanations! Just make sure you don’t have too many words because they will take up space in your frame which is something we want to avoid as much as possible when photographing furniture! Or instead, try typing out a sentence for each photo that makes sense together: “This piece would be great at the end of a hallway”, “A beautiful mirror perfect above a fireplace”.

Típ for Shooting Furniture Photography

Photographing furniture can be a fun activity but it is also challenging because most of the furniture are made of wood, fabric or leather. If your subject is solid like wooden cabinets, bookshelves, chairs, tables, etc., you will have to find the perfect angle, focal point, and background. But sometimes, photographing furniture can be quite simple, like photographing an ottoman, coffee table or other piece of household furniture.


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Step 1:Choose Your Subject

The first step in photographing furniture is to select your subject. The best thing to do is to ask your clients and search for some inspiration on the Internet. You should be looking for items that are simple and easily photographed, like the sofa in the image below. You will also need to consider the lighting as well as the perspective that you want to use. You can use multiple lighting techniques. It all depends on what you want to achieve with your images.

Step 2: Lighting and Camera Settings

There are several lighting techniques that you can choose from. One of the most popular is to use window light. You can either use an artificial light such as a flash or an ambient light (sunlight).

When working with a window light, you need to adjust the light intensity and position. For example, if you want to photograph a sofa, the light should be placed on the side opposite to the direction of the sofa. This is called a sidelight. You can also use a reflector to bounce light onto your subject.

Another option is to use a light that is attached to a tripod. This is called a studio lighting. We usually recommend using a speedlight or strobe, because they produce a bright light that has a nice, smooth light. You can also use a flash, but it might not be suitable for every project.

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When shooting with an ambient light, you need to be careful that there is no light pollution. Most digital cameras have an option that lets you manually control the ISO, or sensitivity. You can also adjust the aperture, or opening of the lens. Depending on the size of the aperture, the depth of field is affected.

With a large aperture, the depth of field is large, and everything that is in front of your subject is blurred. With a smaller aperture, the depth of field is small, and everything that is behind your subject is in focus.

Step 3:Camera Settings

There are some specific settings that you will need to use when shooting a subject. For example, you need to set the exposure and shutter speed.

Exposure refers to how light or dark the photo appears. A good rule of thumb is to adjust the ISO or sensitivity of the camera, and set the shutter speed to around 1/60th of a second.

Shutter speed is the amount of time that the shutter stays open. If you are not sure how to set the shutter speed, then check the manual or ask your camera dealer.

Step 4:Taking the Picture

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Once you have adjusted your settings, you need to focus. The best way to do this is to manually focus. You should set the lens to manual focus and focus the camera on the area that you want to capture.

If the subject moves, then use a tripod or mount your camera on a sturdy object that will not move. It is important that your camera is stable, so you should test the equipment before you start taking pictures.

Before shooting furniture, I suggest you check the following points:

1. Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important part of photography. If you don’t have enough lighting, your image will be too dark, and if you use too much light, it will look messy and overcast.

The lighting is a major consideration when photographing your products. If you want to achieve the most favorable lighting effect, you should use a combination of natural light and artificial light.

2. Framing

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The purpose of framing is to show the details of your furniture. The perfect way to frame is a diagonal line from top left to bottom right. This will allow you to highlight the detail of the product.

When you are framing a product photograph, you should make sure that the center of interest is the focal point. This will help to draw the viewer’s eye to the important part of the photo. It will also make the photo easier to reproduce, as you won’t need to crop off a part of the image to make the print.

The easiest way to make your images more attractive is to move the light away from the edge of the product. For example, if the light is coming from behind the object, the edges will be dark. By moving the light to the side, the light will fall onto the surface of the product. It will create a brighter, more attractive shot.

3. Composition

Composition is the most important element in photography. When you have enough light and space, you will have a more attractive composition.

4. Exposure

Exposure means the amount of light entering the camera, and is measured in terms of f-stops (focal length x aperture).

The exposure is very important when shooting furniture, especially when you take pictures of interior or outdoor furniture. It is best to shoot at f/8 or smaller. If you have bright lights, you should choose a shutter speed of 1/200 second or slower.

If the product has a dark shadow, a shorter shutter speed is needed.

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When photographing furniture, it is necessary to use the best focus.

When photographing furniture, you should choose the best focus first, and then adjust the camera settings afterwards.


For indoor furniture, you need to make sure the room is clean and well lit. For outdoor furniture, you must use natural light.

7. Post Processing

Post processing is used to enhance the final result of a picture. It includes adjusting brightness, contrast, colors, and sharpness.

Other tips

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Product photography involves photographing the products themselves. The focus of your photos is on the product, not the background. If you plan to sell the products online, you will probably need to have the products photographed in front of a white background. You will probably want to shoot in natural light, as artificial lighting can create harsh shadows and darken the subject.

If you plan to use your photographs as stock images, you may prefer to shoot in studio or against a black background. You may have to pay more to use a studio than if you were shooting in natural light. You can also use Photoshop to adjust the contrast and brightness of the image. You can even use a computer program to enhance the color of the product and make it appear more lifelike.

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 E-commerce Store Photography

e-commerce store photography focuses on the look and design of the site itself. The focus is usually on the products and other details that are displayed on the page. You will probably be more interested in the look of the products than you would be in product photography, because you will be selling them online.

If you are planning to make the site look less professional and more casual, you will probably want to use an inexpensive camera. There is nothing wrong with buying something cheap, as long as you get what you pay for. If you choose to invest more, you can always shoot a variety of subjects, such as the store and the products. This way, you can produce more variety and offer your customers something different.

Capturing Details

The details of a product photograph are the small things that make the picture come to life. You can often make a good photo of the product if you capture these details. For example, a close-up of the detail in the center of the product will help the photo catch the viewer’s eye.

Some things that will help you make your product photographs more appealing are high quality lenses, a tripod and a remote control. You will also need to take the time to focus on the product. Make sure you have a clean background. You may also need to add a filter, such as a graduated filter.


Shading is used to reduce the reflection in a photo, so it appears as if there is no reflection. You can use a white piece of paper or a large plastic sheet to make the photo look more realistic. You can also use a dark piece of cloth to make the image look even more realistic.


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Filters will give your photos more depth and realism. When you are taking a product photograph, you can add a filter to make the colors more vivid.


The background will affect the overall look of your photos. A dark background will make your photo look gloomy and will make it harder to judge the color of your products.

A light background will create a brighter feeling. It is important to make sure that you do not use a bright background, because this will make your photo appear washed out and dull. A neutral background will give you a more natural looking photo.


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Choosing the right colors will make your photo look more realistic. It will help your products to stand out from the background and will make it easier for the viewer to identify the products.

Brightness and Contrast

You can use your software to enhance the brightness and contrast of your photos. This will give the product more definition and make the background less noticeable.


Hopefully, this article has given you ideas and techniques to get your creative juices flowing. We have also shared some examples of furniture photography that showcase the different ways people are thinking outside the box when it comes to capturing their favorite pieces. There is no right or wrong way to take a photo, so be sure to experiment with all these tips and use what works for you!