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Real Time: Photography of this kitchen pushed me out of my comfort zone

Photography of this kitchen
pushed me out of my comfort zone

Interior photography of kitchen design by peridot interior design

three portrait orientated photos stitched together to showcase full view

It’s not always possible to accommodate a last minute request for a photography shoot. It was around 10 pm and the shoot would be for the next morning. At first, it wasn’t possible, but I rearranged my day to accommodate the shoot. I was interested in the challenge of photographing a kitchen redesign for Kristen of Peridot Interior Design. She expressed the kitchen was small and she wasn’t sure if it would even be possible to capture the whole finished product. Tight spaces are a big challenge and I knew photography of this kitchen would push me out of my comfort zone. 

Limited space to shoot from wasn’t the only challenge for me though. 

Another challenge came in the form of my own equipment. I’d just recently picked up a Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift lens and waited a week for the Metabones V adapter to arrive for me to attach it to my Sony A7II camera. There had been no time to go out and practice any photography with such a technical lens and only manual focus. I would be risky for me to do the shoot with this lens.

On one shoulder was my anxiety trying to get me to tell Kristen I couldn’t do the shoot with this short of a notice.

Thankfully, it was like I had Seth Godin sitting on my other shoulder saying: Take the risk. Nothing good ever came from your comfort zone. 

So, naturally, I decided to do the shoot only with the tilt-shift and I was transported somewhere far outside of my comfort zone. 

Fresh photography for a fresh kitchen design

Worth the risk

There I was in this beautifully redesigned kitchen, wondering if I could actually be of help.   

The first step was to figure out if I could capture the finished project in single images. I look through the 24mm tilt-shift and there is just not enough room to backup and shoot everything. However, I could take 2-3 photos using the shift feature of the lens and then stitch them together after. I knew it would work! A week before, it might not have worked or I would have been trying to figure out if I could fix all the distortion from a different lens.

The second step was to get the shots to be in focus. My biggest fear was to return home and find them all out of focus. With the help of a couple focus assistance features in the Sony A7II, I got each image looking great to me. The fear still existed though. I never spent time shooting manual focus in the past. Call me lazy but let’s blame that on tech and they’re millions of focus points with auto focus.  

Once home, I checked the photos right away and felt as if the photos looked better than when I used auto focus in the past. Essentially, the photos were nicely sharp. 

I could have used a lens I was more familiar with and still struggled. Most people would say you should practice with the new lens prior to use for work. Yeah, it was risky business but I could practice for months and still run into an issue in a future shoot anyways. I jump all in and need the pressure of extending myself and my creativity far outside my comfort. 

Entering the kitchen designed by Peridot Interior Design
Detail photo of side counter feature within the kitchen
Side counter area within the kitchen

I love a challenge or two. This interior photography shoot really helped me learn under pressure. The shoot took longer than normal, but I was working out everything for the first time. A tilt-shift lens is a different beast. Literally a beast sitting on my Sony.

I have a feeling this tilt-shift lens is going to be used for a lot of my architectural photography work now. I learned a lot on this project and came away with great images. In another journal entry, I’ll go explain my biggest take-away(s). 

Lastly, I encourage you to go check out Kristen’s blog post regarding the kitchen because she shares some before photos too. You’ll be able to see the difficulty of getting straight on images that was present too.

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