A master class in window treatments from three Summer show houses

Now that Summer is behind us and the kids are back at school I have been getting phone calls from new clients wanting to get their home ready for the upcoming holidays. The number one thing on their wish lists are new window treatments. Having just returned from visiting three different show houses I have to say, window treatments are taking on a main role in decorating. No more wimpy thin drapery panels that I remember from some of the show houses even just a few years back. Instead, I saw room after room of full luxurious panels and roman shades and the one thing they all had in common was some kind of embellishment. 

The Coastal Living Idea House  that I blogged about HERE was designed by Mark Sikes and although I loved his use of blue of white and the many layering of patterns, my favorite design element in the home were his window treatments.

blue drapery with leading edge trim

Linda Holt Photo

Gorgeous wide trim on the leading edge was on every panel and most had top banding or trim as well.

Roman shades with trim

Mark Sikes: Linda Holt Photo

Sikes also layered his windows with natural fiber shades which added texture but also helps protect the fabric from the harsh sun.

blue and white floral drapes

Mark Sikes: Linda Holt Photo

Luxurious pattern matched blue and white panels had trim along the top that coordinated with fabric trim running under the molding. The home has so many amazing details like this in every room. Speaking of details, Sikes even covered his drapery pull wand with matching fabric. Now that is something you don’t see very often…if ever!

fabric covered drapery pull

Mark Sikes:Linda Holt Photo

Natural fiber shades and a wide band of decorative trim added to the charm.

drapery panel with trim

Mark Sikes: Linda Holt Photo

Last week I visited the Hampton Designer Show House and this year there were two homes to tour. Each was very different in look and feel but the one commonality were statement window treatments in every room. Even the bathrooms were adorned with statement drapes!

Linda Holt Photo

Unless you are looking at the above photo on a large screen you won’t be able to see but pink pompom trim runs down the leading edge of the panels.

These sweet roman shades were trimmed with little crystal beads. They were so pretty glistening in the sunlight.

roman shades with crystal trim

Linda Holt Photo

I love the way these shears mimicked the lines of the layered custom molding that was throughout the home.

White shears with black trim

Linda Holt Photo

Eddie Ross trimmed the Roman shades in his room with a contrasting nail head tape.

Roman shades with nail head trim

Eddie Ross design: Linda Holt Photo

Rather than a sewn on tape, these panels in Rajni Alex’s room had a geometric design embroidered directly onto the edge of the fabric. (notice the rug is also embellished on the banding cloth).

orange drapes with embroidery edge

Rajni Alex Design:Linda Holt Photo

When you add trim to a drapery panel you need to decide where it should be placed. Some designers like to put it right at the leading edge of the fabric but others prefer it inset a few inches like this drape below.

winow panels with decorative trim

Linda Holt Photo

I did notice that Mark Sikes placed his trims right at the leading edge of the fabric on all his panels.

patterned drapes with decorative trim

Mark Sikes design:Linda Holt Photo

The one thing I should point out is that these beautiful trims and tapes add considerably to the cost of the drapery. In some cases the trim is even more expensive than the fabric. It does make for a beautiful statement piece in the room though and often times that makes it all worth it.

Lastly, I want to share one more trend with you that I have been seeing in both magazines and spotted at all three show houses I visited. The table skirt is back!!

blue and white table skirt

Mark Sikes:Linda Holt Photo

The one above was in a bedroom at the Coastal Living Idea House and the one below is from the Hampton Show House.

table skirt

Linda Holt Photo

I had this exact same style of table skirt in my own home back in the early 90’s. It’s a great way to add some color and pattern and also doubles as storage underneath. One thing I will leave you with is that sparse rooms and minimalism seems to be on the way out and layered rooms with “more is more” is making a comeback.

After just having downsized and donating 70% of our belongings I am very conflicted about this trend. Personally, I am loving me new very edited small living….however those window treatments are beyond beautiful!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on embellished window treatments but also what do you think about table skirts making a comeback? Do you like the more is more look?

 

 

 

 

Coastal Living Idea House: Blue and White all over

Last week I visited the Coastal Living Idea House in Newport RI to see the house that Mark did. Designer Mark D. Sikes that is. It was everything I could have imagined and it came as no surprise to hear that the house has been sold along with most of the furniture, drapes and decor. The lucky new owner scored big and will take possession of a blue and white dream house.

Mark Sikes is known for both his love of blue and white and his use of stripes and the idea house has it all wrapped up in one beautifully designed coastal home. I took lots of photos on my iphone and in a few cases the lighting was not optimal (as in really terrible) but I think you can still see the rooms fairly well.

Blue and white cabinets: Linda Holt Photo

My friend and I started our tour in the kitchen and loved the on trend two toned painted cabinets in blue and white. Bright white quartz counter tops on the perimeter kept the kitchen light while the oak stained island brought in some warmth and an organic touch.

Kitchen: Linda Holt Photo

There were thoughtful custom details throughout the house such as the pleated fabric shade on the kitchen chandelier.

custom lamp shade: Linda Holt Photo

and fabulous white pompom trim on the buffalo checked drapes.

kitchen window seat: Linda Holt Photo

Every detail was carefully thought out.

drapery detail

The living room is open to the kitchen and was designed with casual entertaining in mind. White sofas with blue welting and plenty of blue and white pillows signaled to sit down and relax.

great room: Linda Holt Photo

The patio and pool is just off the living room.

Linda Holt Photo

The hallways were decked out in navy blue and white stripes and iron lanterns.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

All the bedrooms were chock full of personality with lot’s of prints, patterns and gorgeous window treatments. Just like the kitchen and living room, they were all done in blue and white. 

Linda Holt Photo

Decorating a room with lots of odd angles and eves can be challenging. I loved that Sikes embraced the sharp angles and wrapped blue and white buffalo check fabric all around.

Linda Holt Photo

The girl’s bedroom was equally as energetic with navy and white trellis wallpaper and a roomful of blue and white botanicals.

Linda Holt Photo

I understand that all this pattern might be too much for some, but for a second home like a beach house I think it’s a lot of fun.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

The bathrooms were also blue and white and again, had interesting details. The stripes on the floral window fabric became inspiration for outlining the ceiling, walls, and even the tile floor with a matching blue stripe.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

The basement is all set for game night and the fabric  upholstered walls made it so cozy.

Linda Holt Photo

The landing between the second floor bedrooms was probably my favorite space in the house. It looked out directly to the ocean and between the art work, the sofa and the carpet it hit all the high notes for me.

Linda Holt Photo

It really is an amazing home and if you are local I urge you to check it out and see it before the new owners take possession.

How about you? What is your favorite room?

 

 

 

Get better holiday table setting photos using the iPhone

Well Thanksgiving is over and I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends. As it turned out, life happened and we did not have the Thanksgiving we had planned. Two days before Thanksgiving my son and his girlfriend’s Great Dane, Portia, came down with a massive infection and required emergency life saving surgery. She survived (Thank God) and was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving. So instead of spending the day with us, they spent the day taking care of Portia as she was still very, very sick and could not be left alone. We toyed with the idea of driving to them but everything happened so last minute and Portia needed complete quiet and attention so we felt it best not to make the trip. It was sad they didn’t spend the day with us but we are grateful Portia survived and is slowly recovering. Besides, being grateful is what Thanksgiving is all about.

Since the day turned out to be very quiet,I spent some time (okay, too much time) on Instagram. I saw many photos from friends, designers and shelter magazines of beautiful Thanksgiving table settings. Most were outstanding but I did see a few that could have used a little help. Since Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s is just around the corner I thought it would be helpful to share some tips so that you can get the best photos possible of your table setting using the iPhone (or cellphone of your choice).

1.Pick the best time of the day to shoot the table. Pick the time of day when the available light in the room is the brightest. You do not want harsh sunlight streaking across the table but you also don’t want to wait until 6pm just before you sit down to dinner because it will be too dark. Generally mid morning to early afternoon is optimal but it really depends on your specific lighting situation and which direction the room faces. Of course if you want an evening shot then you will want to invest in a cell phone tripod so that the image will be sharp.

2. Use the AF lock on the camera screen. One thing the iPhone can’t do easily like a DSLR is give a desired blurred background or foreground. However, by using the auto focus lock feature you can lock the focus on something in the photo and get a little bit of a blur behind and in front of what the focus is locked on.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

In the photo above I locked the screen on the blue ginger jar so that the orange napkin in the foreground as well as the background blurred out a little.

3. Use an APP to straighten the lines. I saw several photos of tablescapes on Instagram that were shot from directly above. This is a tough shot with the iPhone because unless you are on a ladder up near the ceiling and dead center over your table, you are going to get distortion. Below is an example I took to illustrate what happens. This is the origional image from my iPhone. See how the table looks like it is bent and the plates look like they are falling? That’s because the iPhone lens is a very wide angle so it distorted the image.

Overhead table shot

Using the Transform Tool in the Snapseed App, I was able to adjust the vertical and horizontal perspective to  straighten the lines.

Snapseed Transform tool

Snapseed Transform tool

Using the same App I also lightened and darkened where needed and here is the final image.

Overhead table shot

Overhead table shot

It’s not perfect as I was dealing with overhead pendant lights that were causing shadows and hot spots but at least the lines look better.

4. Try different angles (like above) and don’t forget the closeups. Getting the whole table in the photo can be busy and distracting so focus instead on just one section of the table and don’t forget a few close ups.

Flower detail

I hope these tips give you some confidence to share your upcoming holiday table setting with me. I would love to see it.

 

 

 

How to take better interior photos

Ideally, once a design project is complete a professional photographer is hired to photograph. However, what if the budget doesn’t allow for a professional or the room is not of the quality to make it worth the expense? Sometimes we just need to get the best shots possible on our own. If you have been following my iPhone photography tips then you already know some helpful camera tips but what else do you need to know when taking your own room photos?

Here are seven tips to get better interior room photos

1. Determine the best time of day to photograph. Professional architectural photographers often visit the site before the shoot to determine the best time of day to shoot. Ideal they want to shoot when the natural light coming through the windows is bright but indirect. Neither the pros nor you want to have to deal with harsh streaks of sunlight or “hot spots” streaming across furniture or the floor. On the other hand, for rooms that face north or into dark woods, try and steer clear of photographing on dark dreary days.  North facing rooms should be photographed when the outside ambient light is at the brightest.

2. Think and ask questions before you take a single shot. Before a professional even sets up their equipment they will walk around the space to be photographed and study the room. They want to determine what the photo should convey. They want to know what is the focus of the room? Is it an architectural feature? Is it the view? Is it the use of color or materials? All of these questions will determine where they choose to set up the camera. They don’t just walk in and start shooting willy nilly and you should not do that either.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

3. Turn off the camera flash. The on-camera flash is not your friend and should never be used in interior photography. If the room is too dark to get a photo without using the camera flash then a tripod is required. The tripod will allow for a longer exposure while keeping the image in focus. The pros will bring additional lighting but use it only when necessary and never…ever… do they use on-camera flash.

4. Turn off the room lights. This one is a little subjective because sometimes a specific light (like a chandelier) can add a touch of ambiance that warms up the room. However, having said that, I work with some of the top architectural photographers in Boston when we shoot the featured homes for the magazine I work for. They always turn off the room lights. The problem is, artificial lights are different temperatures and causes discoloration and can be very distracting in the final photo. They also can cause hot spots on the wall as well as harsh reflections.

Hampton Show House 2014

Hampton Show House 2014  Linda Holt Photo

The image above was taken at a show house where all the lights are on all day. Had this been a client’s house I would have turned off the two table lamps that are casting a bright amber colored light that distracts from the photo.

5. Take photos from different angles. Where you position the camera can make or break a photo. Too far back and the room can look busy or cluttered with too much to look at. If the camera angle is too high or too low the furniture might look distorted. The best advice if you are a novice is to try different angles and camera positions and try your best to keep the camera level. Be sure to photograph room vignettes and areas of the room that are well styled as they add to the overall story of the room.

Hampton show house 2014 room vignette

Hampton show house 2014 room vignette Linda Holt Photo

6. Use the longest lens you can. I have seen some really distorted images, especially with small rooms where designers have resorted to using a super wide angle lens to get the shot. The professionals I know use a 50mm or longer and will only use a wider lens as a last resort.

7. Use an editing app to make final corrections. All pros use some kind of editing program. If you are a DSLR photographer then you most likely use Photoshop, Gimp or something similar. If you are using the iphone as I do, then Snapseed and VSCO are my go to editing apps. Both of these will allow you to crop and to get the lighting, contrast and colors how you want. More advanced options such as fixing architectural lines, removing ugly cords and switches, or tweaking just one small part of the image is also very easy once you take the time to learn the app’s functions.

The image on the left was snapped with my iphone during High Point Market while walking by one of the show room windows. I don’t know if I even stopped walking because I simply wanted to remember the wallpaper and didn’t give any thought to the photo composition. The image on the left is exactly how my iphone exposed the shot. The image on the right is the same image edited using the Snapseed app. I cropped in tighter, lightened the image and then boosted the contrast just a bit. It took of all of maybe 60 seconds but what a difference…right?

Before and after editing

Before and after editing Linda Holt Photo

No matter if you are a seasoned professional or an amateur with a cell phone camera, almost all photos can be improved through editing.

One final note: For those of you that think your iPhone is no match for a professional with a DSLR you will want to read this post. The iPhone vs the Canon 5D DSLR

I hope these tips are helpful!

What were those designers thinking? The Hampton Designer Show House

Before I was in the design business I would visit show houses and look at the rooms simply from a personal perspective. If the room happened to be decorated according to my taste and done up with colors I liked I would declare it a hit. If it was anything else, I would immediately dismiss it as ugly. I was quite the critic!

Now that I am educated to the design process and I have friends who participate in show houses, I look at the rooms with a totally different perspective. Such was the case at last weeks Hampton Designer Showhouse. Some of the rooms were simply beautiful and appealed to the masses. They were decorated in soft soothing colors with tasteful accessories that were appropriate to the Hampton location.

Design by Kate Singer, Linda Holt Photo

Design by Kate Singer, Linda Holt Photo

Some of the other rooms were very well done they just happen not to be my taste. Ironically it is those rooms that I give the most thought and attention to. I try to guess what the designer was thinking. I want to know what their inspiration was for the room. There are so many moving parts and decisions that go into creating a show house and sometimes the designer has to use what is available even if it’s not their first choice. I learned this when I participated in the One Room Challenge which was a virtual type of show house.

So no matter if I was a fan or not, I studied the rooms and here are a few of the common threads I observed within all the rooms of the Hampton Show House.

TEXTURE: This was my number one observation. Rich luxurious textures were a major theme within the house. I keep hearing opulence in interior design is making a comeback and many of the show rooms proved this to be true.

Melanie Turner Design, Linda Holt Photo

Melanie Turner Design, Linda Holt Photo

Giant over scale chunky throws were in many of the rooms adding luxurious layered texture as well as thick textured carpets, fur, grass cloth covered walls and sumptuous fabrics. This room, designed by Melanie Turner, was my favorite room in the house. The fabric she chose for the window treatments was riddled with holes which added even more texture to her all white room.

Melanie Turner Design, Linda Holt Photo

Melanie Turner Design, Linda Holt Photo

pillows

Get out your giant knitting needles and get to work!

How cool are those giant cable knit pillows against the faux bois wallpaper?

Mabley Handler Design, Linda Holt Photo

Mabley Handler Design, Linda Holt Photo

The master bedroom designed by Mabley Handler was a sumptuous retreat filled with luxurious textiles as well as a shiny silver dresser, sleek leather chairs and textural grass cloth clad walls. Notice too the statement chandelier which looked like a wedding cake. The layers hanging down are fabric. I loved this room and had to use restraint because I wanted to touch everything, lay on the bed and roll around on the rug.

The black and white bedroom below designed by Elsa R. Soyars was interesting. Not only was it filled with lot’s of different textures like the sculpted rug, a velvet bench with a fur throw, linen and silks, it also featured a black macrame hammock directly next to the bed. This was one of those instances where I would have loved to ask the designer her thought process on the hammock (as well as her placement of a life size deer on the opposite side of the room).

Elsa R. Soyars

Elsa R. Soyars

STATEMENT LIGHTING:Big statement lighting is nothing new but this show house had some very unusual pieces.

Notice the big chunky macrame table skirt adding even more texture to the mostly all white room. Speaking of white rooms…the majority of the walls in the show house were either painted white or covered with grass cloth.

Marie-Christine Design, Linda Holt Photo

Marie-Christine Design, Linda Holt Photo

Another primarily white room with a chunky throw, pillows, a thick textured carpet and a geometric statement chandelier.

Statement lighting was in every single room including a powder room so small I couldn’t get a photo of much more than the light and a tiny glimpse of the ceiling and wallpaper.

Steven Stolman design, Linda Holt Photo

Steven Stolman design, Linda Holt Photo

LACK OF BRIGHT COLOR AND PATTERNS: With the exception of the powder room above and the master bathroom (below) there was very little color or pattern in the house. I would say the master bathroom though had plenty of both color and pattern for the whole house!

Tilton Fenwick, Linda Holt Photo

Tilton Fenwick, Linda Holt Photo

I will leave you with my final image of the kitchen. Just like the proverbial wedding gown at the end of the fashion show, the kitchen is the room that set the tone for the whole house. White, bright, beautiful and a wonderful mixture of textures.

Bakes and Kropp Design, Linda Holt Photo

Bakes and Kropp Design, Linda Holt Photo

Bakes and Kropp, Linda Holt Photo

Bakes and Kropp, Linda Holt Photo

So there you have it. My take on the 2016 Hampton Designer Show House. I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one thing you can do today to eliminate crappy cell phone photos

Since I began my blog series about using the iphone camera, I have gotten several emails from readers telling me their images look “crappy”. Well truth be told, I too used to have a phone filled with crappy photos. The reason? It had nothing to do with exposure, lighting or the iphone camera. The problem wasn’t with the phone at all but with my ATTITUDE!

That’s right, I was a DSLR snob and I had no respect for the iPhone camera. My years of working as a professional and using top of the line cameras and lenses had so prejudiced me that I considered the iPhone nothing more than a sub par point and shoot camera. I gave little thought to the image, what the background was or even what the lighting looked like. I would just pull out my phone, point, shoot and…done.  I gave the photos no thought because I was simply using my iphone to grab a quick shot. This negative attitude resulted in crappy photo after crappy photo.

I first started to question my attitude when I read a few blogs written by professional photographers who were shooting with the iPhone. At first I was very skeptical and thought they were just lazy or not really professional. Then a few photographers that I follow and admire revealed that the majority of their work assignments were taken with the iphone and used the term iphonography and iphonograpers. Seriously???? Iphonewhat??

It was at this point I stopped disrespecting the iPhone camera and looked at it more seriously. I learned about the camera’s features and editing Apps but most importantly, I started to give the same attention to the composition and lighting as I would had I been using my DSLR. My photos drastically improved overnight.

Here is a perfect sample. On the left is an image of two pillows that I might have taken when I put no thought into taking the photo. I would have just pulled out my cell phone and grabbed a quick image. On the right is how I photograph now. I looked at the pillows carefully, realized one was upside down, decided a lower angle would be best, adjusted for the back lighting (by sliding the sun icon up the screen) and then took the photo.

OB-pillows badgood

See how the image on the right is more pleasing simply because I took the time to think first and shoot second?

So if you think you have crappy iphone photos try spending a bit more time and effort before you rush to point and shoot. Take a moment, look at the lighting, is it flattering to your subject? Are you holding the phone too high or too low? Is there a better angle to shot from? Is there something distracting in the back ground that can easily be moved (i.e. the classic plant growing out of someone’s head). I guarantee you my friends,  if you simply change your attitude and give your photos a bit more thought and time, those crappy photos will be a thing of the past.

By the way, I want to give a shout out to my friend Deborah Main who made the beautiful custom green and red pillow on the right in my above image. She is a true pillow goddess and you can see her work here.

The Canon 5D vs. the iPhone camera for interior photography

Last week I traveled to Rhode Island with two friends for a fun co-blogging adventure. Our destination was the Attwater Inn in beautiful Newport RI. I had heard so much about the new boutique hotels from Lark and I was excited check it out. The Attwater was designed by Boston’s own Rachel Reider and it is colorful, fresh and unexpected.

Myself and Susan Kanoff (AKA The midlife fashionista) along with architectural photographer extraordinaire, Emily O’brien, were let loose for a whole day to shoot fashion and interiors. Susan and I will be co-posting a fun fashion/interior blog soon but today it is all about Emily’s professional DSLR camera vs. my iphone camera.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I only use my iphone camera these days to photograph due to restrictions caused by arthritis in my neck. I can no longer carry around or use my heavy DSLR cameras. I was therefore really curious to see how much of a difference there would be between Emily’s full frame professional architectural camera and my simple iphone camera. Our plan was to match up photo for photo and keep everything the same except for the cameras.

Here are the details of our camera smack down.

In Emily’s corner:A Canon 5D MarkII with two set of lenses; a 24-70mm and 85mm plus a tripod. Price on the Canon Mark 5D II: $2,300-$2,500 for the body only.

In my corner:An iPhone6 Plus (no additional lens or attachments). Price on the iphone6 Plus: $199.00 at Walmart 2 years ago.

First up for our camera smack down was one of the bedrooms at The Attwater. The lighting was good and there was plenty of space to move around and choose our favorite angle. Here is Emily’s image using her Canon 5D and tripod.

The Attwater: Emily O'Brien photo

The Attwater: Emily O’Brien photo

Now compare to my hand held iphone camera

The Attwater: Linda Holt Photo

The Attwater: Linda Holt Photo

Pretty darn close don’t you think? If you look closely you will see the color of the wood wall in Emily’s photo is slightly warmer than in mine but that color difference is to be expected between any two cameras. We could have color corrected them to look identical but for this smack down our images are not enhanced or color corrected. We are really just comparing the overall quality of the images right out of the camera.

Here is another bedroom and again, the lighting was good. First up is Emily’s image

Atwatter: Emily O'Brien Photo

Atwatter bedroom: Emily O’Brien Photo

and below is my image:

Attwater bedroom 2: Linda Holt Photo

Attwater bedroom : Linda Holt Photo

Then a detail of one of the bedrooms. Emily’s Canon photo is up first

Attwater: Emily O'Brien photo

Attwater: Emily O’Brien photo

And below is my iPhone photo is below:

Attwater: Linda Holt Photo

Attwater: Linda Holt Photo

Almost indistinguishable…right? At this point I will admit I was feeling a little smug. My iPhone camera was holding it’s own in this DSLR vs. iPhone smack down.Then things went a little down hill and that hill was called bad lighting. The iPhone is great when the lighting is good but when the lighting is poor then it is hard to compete with a high quality camera on a tripod.

First is Emily’s image taken in a very dark corner of the bedroom. Since she was using a tripod and a manual setting she could do a long exposure so that the colors are still bright and there is good contrast.

Attwater: Emily O'Brien Photo

Attwater: Emily O’Brien Photo

Below is my image. Unfortunately it is flat and grainy and the colors are not saturated like they are in Emily’s.  At the very least I needed a tripod. I could boost the contrast using one of the camera apps but it is still going to “read” grainy and again I wanted to compare the overall quality.

Attwater Inn: Linda Holt Photo

Attwater Inn: Linda Holt Photo

Next up was the most difficult challenge yet. A dimly lit room with bright light streaming through large windows. This is the WORST lighting scenario for an interior photographer so I had to work really hard on this one. Emily did not bring in any additional interior lighting to keep the match fair. I was not surprised that Emily’s Canon nailed it on this room smack down as well. The colors are strong and the image is crisp. Again, she used a tripod with a long exposure and allowed the windows to blow out.

Attwater Inn: Emily O'Brien photo

Attwater Inn: Emily O’Brien photo

Comparing Emily’s image to my image below I will concede mine is not terrible but it has some quality issues. The iphone image is very grainy (look at the wall to the left of the sofa) and the sofa is blurry because I didn’t have a tripod (and in this case I definitely needed one). I did use the iphone exposure lock feature to manually adjust the exposure to get it as close to Emily’s photo as possible. For posting on instagram or Facebook my image is actually fine. Any larger though, forget it.

Atwater Living room: Linda Holt Photo

Attwater Living room: Linda Holt Photo

Another big difference between the two cameras is that the iphone 6 plus has a fixed focal length of 29mm. This is wider than most interior photographers would choose to use unless they are shooting a very tight space such as a small powder room. I would have to stand way forward from where Emily positioned her tripod to get the approximate same angle. Another problem with such a wide focal length is that it can cause distortion so that is another area where the iphone can’t compete with a camera with interchangeable lenses.

One last detail shot where the iPhone did a great job. The iPhone really excels in close up or detail shots. The first image is Emily’s

The Attwater: Emily O'Brien Photo

The Attwater: Emily O’Brien Photo

and below the same image shot with the iPhone

Attwater: Linda Holt Photo

Attwater: Linda Holt Photo

The Final Results: Emily for the Win!

I was under no allusion that the iPhone camera would come out the winner…I mean come on, it’s an iphone camera…but the results were actually surprising. Some of our images are very close but you can also clearly see where the iphone falls flat. If your end goal is to post on Instgram or your blog then I think the iphone is totally sufficient. If you learn how to use all the features the phone offers it can rival an expensive DSLR as long as the lighting is good. However, if you are a designer photographing for your portfolio there is no better money spent than on a professional interior photographer. So there you have it!

I have shared several tips in past blogs for getting better iphone photos and if you missed them you can check them out below:

  1. Taking better iPhone photos
  2. Best way to photograph furniture with an iPhone
  3. Taking better photos of kids and pets with the iphone

How do you think the iphone camera did? Does it change your thinking about your own cell phone camera?

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