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davidcaswelltile 10-12-2021 11:06 AM

anyone have good pointers for taking pictures of tile work
I feel like I am miserable at taking pictures of my tile work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Gozo 10-12-2021 07:04 PM

Like taking pictures of anything, it’s all in the lighting. A more diffuse light source (vs. say a bare bulb) is going to be more flattering, as in minor defects don’t show as much. Lighting from an angle gives a better perspective than lighting straight on. The color temperature of the light makes a difference also. Warmer for reds, browns, light grays and cooler (higher color temp) for blues, blacks, and high contrast colors. The beauty of digital cameras is you can see your results instantly and make corrections as you go. Software like PhotoShop goes along way to tweaking the final result. Back in the film days, it was days for turn around time. Interesting knickknacks and props add to the visual appeal.

Tool Guy - Kg 10-12-2021 11:28 PM

I agree. Lighting is the single biggest thing. Many times, a room will be lit from multiple sources, each at a different color temp. And while it looks ok to your eye, the camera doesn’t see it that way. If you can unify the color temperature of the sources, that’s a big help. Sometimes you can block the sun pouring in through a window (or another light fixture) by physically shielding it from illuminating your subject. Other times, you can change some of the bulbs as to homogenize your color temperature.

If you show us a sample pic, it’s likely we can point to specific techniques to use to make them better.


davidcaswelltile 10-13-2021 02:57 PM

thanks for the pointers. I haven't been taking pictures of my work for a few years as I am recovering from burnout and also from buying an old house. I have some pictures I would like to show but i havent set it up on the computer. I will revisit this thread. But I am going to do some research into proper lighting for photographing interiors. Thanks again.

cx 10-13-2021 05:13 PM


Originally Posted by David
...but i havent set it up on the computer...

While you're in there, see if you can locate a shift key, David. :)

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc 10-16-2021 03:03 PM

Lighting and framing are the two biggest things that have helped me. I also invested in a fancier camera with a wide-angle lens. I still suck at photography though.

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