Small Cool Kitchens 2012 Contest just got started. Want to enter the contest? We draw so much inspiration from you and your kitchens, so here are a few ways to improve the photos you submit.
1) Maximize the natural light. Throw open all the blinds or curtains if you have them. Allowing as much natural light into your kitchen space can help achieve the best photograph of the space. Photography is all about light and natural, daylight is the easiest to work with. Overhead lights are okay, but if you have any windows at all, open them in conjunction with your lamps/lightbulbs. Try photographing the space with the lights on and with the lights off, sometimes one way looks much better than the other.
2) Time it right. With this last tip in mind, time your photoshoot to occur during the daylight hours! Photographing a kitchen space at night, with solely incandescent (lightbulb) light and your flash is a recipe for disaster. You're certainly not doing your kitchen any favors trying to capture it at night. So wait until the morning, brew up a cuppa tea, and get to work during the day.
3) Styling. All styling really means in photographing a kitchen is giving your space a little tlc! Give it a nice clean and adding fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit can bring life and color into your kitchen pictures, a little visual "cherry on top!" Also, focus on the details that make the space yours, such as DIYS, your coffee collection, tea cup storage system, etc. We are interested in the little things that make your kitchen tick! Show us the ins and outs of your space.
4) Move around. When you're photographing a space from eye level and you are average height, the images read more as 'snapshot.' To get a more professional look, get a little lower or a little higher (like standing on a stool) or if you can, use a tripod and shoot from about waist/chest height . . . I know this is a bit vague, but if you are photographing major surfaces from exactly parallel angle, things looks more streamlined. It's also good to just move around the room, photographing from each corner of the space to get the best, most wide angle and to have options to submit the best photos. Hope these tips help you create the most beautiful photos of your kitchen! Good Luck! (Images: Leela Cyd Ross)