Capturing Everyday: Gillian Stevens
I. How do you approach styling your home for photography?
I am somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to furniture and decor. I don't like rooms to feel crowded, and similarly when it comes to photography I am drawn to interiors that have a lot of open space and light. Keeping our own space minimal, and decorated with neutral colours makes me feel calm when I am in it, and when I look at it through my lens as well. I also find that individual pieces stand out more when there is less clutter. I love collecting meaningful things for our home whether it is furniture or home goods, and so it's nice for those things to "be seen".
II. What is your go to camera/device to use when capturing your home?
I shoot with my camera, a 5D Mark IV for any images that are posted on my instagram. For my stories I just use my iPhone.
III. How do you work with lighting indoors to look natural and bright?
Natural light is key when shooting inside. Photographing near a window will always give you the most natural light possible. Another trick is white walls. They reflect whatever light there is, so if your space doesn't get a ton of natural light, try painting the walls white and it will brighten up the space quite a bit.
IV. Do you have suggestions or tricks on capturing awkward angles or busy spaces?
Keep your camera level and watch for horizon lines. It immediately detracts from an image if the horizon lines of an image are off, so try and line up your camera (or phone) to be level with your subject for a more balanced image.
V. How do you approach editing your raw photos?