I’m so excited to share that the latest course from Mix & Match Education, How To Shoot Interiors, is now live!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to take beautiful photos of interiors with a “real” camera (a DSLR!), I’ve got you covered! How To Shoot Interiors will teach you everything you need to know to get up and running. I created this course specifically with beginners in mind to show you exactly how to take beautiful photos of homes (using manual mode) without getting overwhelmed, being intimidated by your camera, or feeling like Photoshop is just too hard to learn. It takes practice, but I truly believe it’s a skill that you can learn. You just need someone to show you how.
By the end, you’ll be ready to take start snapping gorgeous photos of client projects, your own home, and other photo-worthy spaces. If you have a design business, you’ll be able to capture the images you want when you want, without having to hire a pro!
To give you a little bit of background about why I wanted to put this course together in the first place, I thought I’d share a peek into my story with DSLR photography. It goes back 15+ years now to when I was in high school in the early 2000s. As an elective one semester, I took a photography class and quickly got hooked on learning how to shoot with a “real” camera. The focus was on black and white film back then and we developed our own images in the school’s dark room. That class taught me SO much. I learned all of the technical aspects of photography like how to shoot in manual and what good composition looks like. And when you’re shooting film, it forces you to figure out the correct settings right from the get-go since you only have a limited number of shots. I’m grateful for the skills I gained during that time, but I’ve gotta say, I’m glad we’ve moved into the digital age with DSLRs!
Fast forward to the end of college when I got my first digital DSLR camera as a graduation gift. The principles were exactly the same as what I had learned on a film camera, but the advantage? Instant feedback. Seeing how the image looked right after I shot it rather than having to wait to develop the film was a game-changer and I spent the next several years practicing and honing my skills with my digital feedback loop. I mostly took photos of people and documented my travels with it during that time - it was definitely a hobby I enjoyed. I didn’t realize how handy that foundation and all that practice would be several years later when I started a design blog in 2012. I was able to take those skills I’d developed over the years and apply them to this new world of interiors and house projects.
I had so much fun cataloging my own decorating and do it yourself projects. Design blogs were really taking off at the time and my little side hobby was turning into a passion I wanted to be able to share with others. I knew that in order to gain traction and a following, I HAD to have good photos. So, I continued to work on my photography skills - I googled the heck out of how to shoot interiors, because as I quickly realized, shooting homes was an entirely different animal than shooting portraits or outdoor landscapes.
Eventually, I launched my e-design business, Mix & Match Design Company, in 2015. I began offering e-design services on the side and photography continued to be an integral part of that business. It’s how I got high quality photos for my portfolio, website, and social media, and I truly believe having great photos was a key in helping my business look professional and pulled together from the start. It’s expensive to hire pro to shoot those photos, and when you’re new in business, it can be hard to justify that high price tag. I also loved that having this skill set allowed me to create content freely whenever I wanted to publish on my blog and social media.
So that’s a little bit of my story and how I got started with interior photography! Now let’s take a peek at what this new course is all about!
Here’s a peek at the curriculum for How To Shoot Interiors:
Module 1: Getting the right equipment. You’ll learn what you need and why. Be sure to take a look at my equipment recommendations for the course below so you can get started ASAP when you sign up.
Module 2: Photography theory and getting to know your camera. We’ll talk about shooting in manual mode including balancing the “exposure triangle” that’s made up of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Then we’ll move into getting to know the anatomy of a DSLR (in other words, what all those buttons and dials do!) so you can take that theory and start applying it in real life.
Module 3: Snapping those beautiful photos. After getting to know your the buttons and settings on your camera along with the theory behind it, you’re ready to start snapping photos! I’ll show you how to set up your shots, what you need to do when you walk in the room, and how to choose your settings for different situations. I’ve also got a cheat sheet of “magic settings” that will take a lot of the guesswork out of shooting in manual as you’re learning the basics. Knowing what settings to start with will speed up your learning and get you better results faster.
Module 4: How to edit your photos in Photoshop. Editing is the finishing touch for your photos. Your goal should be to take the best image you can with your camera and then enhance it with Photoshop. I’ll teach you my simple process including how to use the only seven editing tools you (really) need to know. You’ll also learn how to save and export those photos so you can use them on your website or publish them on social media (hello Instagram!).
The course also includes step-by-step videos, practice exercises, extra tips, and other goodies! It’s self-paced, so you can work through the material on your timeline and schedule.
You’ll find all the info about what equipment you’ll need, FAQs about the course, see examples of photos I’ve shot, and see the full curriculum and bonuses. Have questions! Feel free to contact me - I’d love to chat!