Shooting Digital Photographs in Large Spaces - dummies

By Robert Correll

Large interior spaces are a challenge to shoot in because they require a lot of light to look good. Depending on the design, you may be in a space with large windows. That is ideal, but you can’t count on it.

The photographer took the photo shown using a tripod, which he set up very low. The camera is about shoulder-level to a person sitting down. He set the aperture to f/8 to have a good depth of field. He wanted a noise-free photo, so he left the ISO on 100. That meant he needed a full second to take this shot.

Natural light from the sides helped photograph this large space.

There are windows to either side. They provide much of the ambient light in the room. The chandeliers add more, with sconces on the wall giving some mood lighting. Spotlights on the stage complete the setup. All-in-all, that’s a decent amount of light in the right places for a room like this.

It’s best to shoot scenes like this one using a tripod, but you won’t be able to comfortably include people if you have to use long exposures. If necessary, raise the ISO.