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Top Kitchen and Bathroom Photography Tips

Photography is something that almost everyone gives a try, and especially being that all smartphones come with advanced cameras nowadays. Gone are the days when we had to invest in cameras in order to enjoy the art. Despite the fact that everyone has access to cameras on their smartphones, and many actual physical cameras, very few people know how to take good shots that are appealing to the look. That is the reason why in this article, we are going to discuss some of the top kitchen and bathroom photography tips.

  1. It is always good to walk around the room so that you can get a feel of it and determine the best angles to take the shots from. Remember that at times the most obvious angles might not always give you the best shots.
  1. Do not take your shots towards bright windows, unless you have alternative lighting equipment, since the images might be overexposed. You should also turn on all the lighting in the room, even when it is sunny, and avoid using a flash, since it might reflect on appliances and cabinets.
  1. Make sure that the room is well decorated, and add centerpieces like dining tables into the picture. You might have to take several shots if you can’t fit everything into one shot. You can also overlap your photos, and then stitch everything together using photo editing software.
  1. When deciding on the best angles for your shots, make sure that everything is in place. Make sure that the doors to the cabinets are closed, appliances are in their right spots, and there is no clutter hanging around everywhere. A clean open space will give you better shots.
Top Kitchen and Bathroom Photography Tips

Top Kitchen and Bathroom Photography Tips

The 6 Best Motorized Camera Sliders

Still on the topic of photography, we are now going to shift our focus to motorized camera sliders, as we seek to figure out the best motorized camera slider for time lapse and DSLR videos.

Rhino Slider EVO – Review

This slider is light, being made of carbon fiber rails. Assembly is easy, and it also comes with a motor, a controller and a power adapter. It can load up to 7Ib, although you would require additional steel rails for heavier loads. This slider ensures that you capture ultra-smooth, live motion and amazingly precise time-lapse shots.

Pros

  • The slider calibrates itself before each automated move.
  • The controller has a separate battery in, it can be used without the AC power.
  • Easy to assemble and to operate.

Cons

  • Belt may catch at a spot but will even out after a couple of runs.

A&J Motorized Slider with Auto-Pan

This is a compact and lightweight slider that works best for dynamic video production and time-lapse photography. It consists out of the slider itself, a control unit and a foam padded carrying case. It comes with a sturdy construction of high grade fiber, and can travel for a maximum of 31.5 or 47.2 inches (depending on the length chosen). High precision bearings ensure smooth movement, and it can support up to 5kg of load.

Pros

  • All you need in one purchase.
  • Excellent price for a decent sturdy quality system.
  • Ability to make auto-pan / parallax movements
  • Relatively quiet operation (for typical uses)
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Pan function doesn’t always work smooth
  • User interface could be improved
  • Poor documentation

Syrp Genie

This slide is designed for the regular camera, taking up very little space, and weighing only 3.3Ib. it features standard preset settings such as stars, people, clouds, although the settings can be customized and saved. It allows for panning and linear motion control and can be attached to tripods, dollies, sliders or jib arms. It is compatible with 130 different cameras from nine major brands carrying up to 44Ib. Inputs include both USB for firmware and a sensor input. The free firmware upgrade enables bulb ramp-in and ramp-out functions and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Pros

  • An easy to use menu.
  • Panning and linear motion control with one device.
  • 3-hour battery charge gives you up to 12 hours run time.

Cons

  • Need a good quality tripod with sturdy ball head.
  • Doesn’t come with a slider included

Redrock Micro One Man Crew Director

This slide features a low noise drive system with aluminum rails for smoother, quieter motion with loads weighing up to 22Ib. it can be controlled remotely via it’s Redrock OMC remote app, which can be downloaded onto a smartphone. Some of the other features include functions such as “reset for next question”, speed up, and slow down allow synching to the interview tempo. A special gesture mode enables solo interviewers to control it without taking your eyes of your interviewee.

Pros

  • Benefiting small or single-person crew.
  • Quick set-up and easy to use.
  • Rubberized corner feet for tabletop or ground use.
  • Includes Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head, AC Adapter, D-Tap DC battery cable, one set of adapters for mounting the slider on light stands or c-stands, and a padded carrying case.

Cons

  • Need more intuitive control system for changing the modes.

Benro MCA01 + Benro MoveOver 12 slider

This slider is purchased separately but works perfectly with the Benro MoveOver 12 slider. The silent slider can be programmed to do repeatable movements from A to B. It is compact and also comes with a control unit, motor, motor tray, cables and a power adapter. The rails are constructed from carbon fiber ideal for strength and support.

Pros

  • Packaged in a soft carry case with custom foam interior.
  • Soundless movements.
  • Excellent for day and night time-lapse photography.

Cons

  • Systems are bought separately.

Varavon Motorroid

This slider features a motor with an integrated controller and all the parts necessary to mount it onto a slider. The kit comes with a motor, pulley system and a saddle for attaching the belt to the camera carriage. The motor is designed to fit the slider rails and allow the legs to move. a switch enables the user to control the left, right and stop movement, and the speed can adjust between fast and slow. It comes with an AC power adaptor but a battery power pack is optional to add-on.

Pros

  • A Strong motor.
  • Works at 45 & 90 degrees with a weight of 8Ib.
  • Attaches easy to SlideCam or Varavon sliders.

Cons

  • The slider is not included in the kit.
  • No battery pack included, only the power adapter.

Summary

Photography is best done when you have some good tips about how to get it done, but the good thing is that it is very easy to learn. You can now try taking your kitchen shots, or better still, videos when using any of the sliders that we have reviewed above.