May 15, 2014
Lately, we are seeing the blurred person in interior design photography more and more. And for good reason, a person shows scale and creates interest but if you want the focus to be on the interior design, a person in focus can take that attention away. Solution: a blurred person! I don’t know who to credit for it, but I think it looks really cool so for a recent photo shoot of ONPA Architects’ new office, I gave it a try. I used a Canon 5D Mark III and the 24-105mmm lens at it’s widest. Now a motion blur is all about shutter speed so I will start there. Here are my settings:
Shutter speed: 1/4
I started at 1/25 but I thought the person wasn’t blurry enough, I really wanted the foot in motion blur.
For this shoot I ranged from F11-F16 depending on how much I wanted to keep in focus. I liked the foreground plant.
Keep in mind if you slow down the shutter speed it is letting in more light so you do need to decrease the ISO. This was an interior so for exteriors you might also need an ND filter.
Also, in case you are new to photography, if you slow down the shutter speed you must use sticks! A tripod or a stable surface is essential or the whole photo will be blurred. You might even want to try the timer to reduce the camera shake.
Here are a few more shots of their new office renovation. The coloured glass doors and bookshelves are really great. They also have a beautiful light-filled atrium space, I like the skylight reflected in the TV.