5 Tips for Great 3D Interior Design Photos

5 Tips for Great 3D Interior Design Photos

Frankie Elmquist is an interior architect and our home design specialist. She’s worked around the globe for some of the top design firms in the world and now she brings her expertise to you.

A number of our customers have asked if the awesome interior design photos we use in our articles and social media are really created in RoomSketcher. They are! And you can create great 3D interior design photos of your design projects too with RoomSketcher Home Designer. Here’s how!

The integrated camera tool in RoomSketcher Home Designer works much like a real camera. You can adjust the camera height and aperture to get wide-angle shots or zoom in for detailed close-ups. Create instant Snapshots and generate stunning high quality 3D Photos of your designs with these five expert interior design photo tips:

Camera Height

Have you ever noticed that professional photographers always use a tripod? This isn’t just to hold the camera steady. It’s also to shoot the room from an optimal height, which is lower than you think. Interior design photos should show some floor and some ceiling. If the camera is set too high, the photo will be dominated by the ceiling. Set it too low, the photo will be all floor. To create a balanced image, set your camera height in Properties to be approximately half the height of the room. For example, if the room is 8’ (250cm) high, set the camera height at 4’ (125cm).

RoomSketcher 3D Interior Design Photos - Camera Tool and Instant Snapshot Features

Adjust the camera height in Properties and take an instant Snapshot to preview

Camera Angle

Once you have set your camera height, you can also adjust the camera angle. Use the angle adjustment to capture a little more detail on the ceiling or the floor. We find that most 3D interior design photos look more natural with a slight angle downward. This replicates how we tend to view rooms.

RoomSketcher 3D Interior Design Photos - Camera Tool Angle Feature

Adjust the integrated camera angle in Properties to raise or lower the viewing angle

Create a Dynamic Views

One of the best ways to capture the interior design of a room is to shoot it at an angle, from either a corner or the entry point of the room. Place the camera tool in each of these locations on your floor plan and take a quick Snapshot to find the best view point. Avoid aiming the camera directly at the opposite corner. Instead, rotate the camera tool slightly so the corner of the room is off to one side. This will give your room view a sense of movement and openness for a more dynamic photo.

Dynamic 3D interior design photo made with RoomSketcher

Rotate the camera view away from the corner to create a more dynamic interior design photo

Set Up Focal Points

The human eye loves symmetry and focal points. To create clear 3D interior design photos you want to set up focal points. You can create photos with a single focal point OR set up three to create a triangular pattern. This helps the viewer to focus and take in the whole image. You can use architectural details, fixtures, furniture, accessories and even color to create focal points in your photos.

RoomSketcher 3D Interior Design Photo Tips - Room image with single focal point

Room image with single focal point. Although the seating is not centered in the room, the photo still captures both the room symmetry and seating symmetry by being shot at an angle.

RoomSketcher 3D Interior Design Photo Tips - Room image using focal point triangulation

Room image with focal point triangulation. The chandelier, tub and chair create three focal points. This photo uses both color and accessories help reinforce these.

Adjust the Aperture

Take wide angle shots to show the full room and all its elements. Or narrow the aperture on the camera tool to take detailed close ups to showcase materials and textures in your designs. When presenting an interior design, it’s always good to show both wide angle images and detailed close ups to convey the full scope of your design.

RoomSketcher 3D Interior Design Photo Tips - Zoom in for detailed images

Adjust the camera tool aperture to zoom in to create detailed images of your interior designs

These 3D interior design photos were all created with RoomSketcher Home Designer. You can use RoomSketcher to visualize YOUR interior design ideas. Just draw up your floor plan, furnish and decorate and visualize in 3D. It’s that easy!

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