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Shooting Interior Design with OMD EM5 and M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens

(Shutter Speed – 1/25 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

If you follow this space regularly, you are well aware of the fact that how much impressed I am with this amazing Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens! I have already written blogs about its capability to shoot Landscape, Street (both Day & Night), Weddings, and of course Portraits! Indoor or outdoor, this lens is superb. So, let’s not praise about the lens’ technical qualities more, the images attached are speaking for themselves. Let me talk about the experience to shoot an interior decoration and the small aspects you should take care of if you are shooting with an OMD EM5 and 45mm f/1.8 lens.

(Shutter Speed – 1/15 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

(Shutter Speed – 1/25 Sec ; Aperture – f/3.5 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Firstly, this is a 90mm (in full frame format) medium telephoto lens, which normally people do not shoot any interior decoration with. Mostly people love a fast 35mm and 50mm lenses. And they are pretty good at capturing more space. But as I have chosen MFT format, the depth of field loses its shallowness according to my taste, if I try to shoot at 35mm or 50mm M.Zuiko counterparts. So, this 90mm gives you shallower DOF and awesome bokeh.

(Shutter Speed – 1/100 Sec ; Aperture – f/3.5 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

(Shutter Speed – 1/20 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Another advantage of it is, you can be well subjective with your shot-selection and create a style of your own, breaking the tradition. If you ask me, I must say, it has its own challenges, and it has its own satisfaction as well. This format drags you out of your comfort zone and takes awesome portraiture of a place, which has some emotional attachment to your client. You have to guess the favourite furniture, or a show-piece of your client, which he wants to concentrate upon, and next think is all about your forte!

(Shutter Speed – 1/100 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

(Shutter Speed – 1/80 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

In my case, I faced a serious shortage of light while shooting these pics indoor. So, f/1.8 aperture helped me a lot. I seriously suggest you to use a tripod, though all these shots I managed to take handheld (Thanks to the amazing 5 Axis IS)!

(Shutter Speed – ½ Sec ; Aperture – f/5 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

(Shutter Speed – 1/10 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

At the end of the day, it always matters if your client is satisfied or not. The basic secrets of shooting an interior decoration are to give your concentration on the geometry, light-shadow and colour of the whole thing. If you have to create some subjective elements you have to be very appreciative to the whole thing. If you shoot MFT, when you try to shoot some indoor, you must carry this amazing lens in your bag always. I never leave this lens at home! At last, you can shoot some good portraits of the owner(s) to make your assignment ‘complete’!

(Shutter Speed – 1/8 Sec ; Aperture – f/1.8 ; ISO – 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Me with OMD EM5 and 45mm f/1.8

Note : -

1) Click on the pics for bigger view. (PC)

2) All images are taken handheld, any flash, strobe or artificial lights have not been used.

3) My image with my cam is taken by Bishakh Ghosh.

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