We recently did a photoshoot for one of our lovely social media clients, ROAM, of their luxury, brand new, motorhomes for hire (check out their website if you fancy a motorhome holiday) and we learnt a few things that we wanted to share about taking motorhome photographs. We’ve conducted many photoshoots in the past, but taking photos of the motorhome proved a little challenging in some respects due to the lack of space available for wide angle shots and other reasons.
Let’s start with the basics. When taking high-quality motorhome photographs, there’s a few golden rules obviously. A few of these are particularly important for motorhome snaps including the following:
- Watch out for objects that might cause glare
Be aware of items that can cause photo glare such as brightly coloured items or white background items. Because you’re in a small space, it is hard to avoid this glare by moving to another angle and therefore it is important to reduce this as much as possible.
- Simple decoration and composition
Keep things simple. Motorhomes can very easily look cluttered, more so than other environments. Make sure that any props or decoration you use are kept to an absolute minimum in order to avoid any messy-looking shots and optimise the space you’ve got to show off. This includes making sure you don’t leave out any rubbish or shoes etc.
- Lighting is important
As with any shoot, the lighting is important. If possible, choose a slightly overcast day, particularly if you wish to take photos of the outside of your motorhome. If it’s too bright or not bright enough it can be difficult to capture your shiny luxury motorhomes in their best light. Obviously, you can always edit photographs but its best to start of as good as possible.
Camera settings for motorhome photographs
Motorhomes can be difficult to capture due to their size, both the fact that they are large but equally small. It’s a relatively small space to navigate inside but its difficult to capture the whole thing. So we’ve got some camera tips for you.
- Full-frame sensor
Make sure you’re using a full-frame sensor, if you’re camera doesn’t have a full-frame sensor you’re going to have a hard time capturing your motorhome. If you don’t know what we mean by this, it basically means that the sensor on your camera is large enough to capture the true, full-image of a standard lens. This is particularly important for capturing the inside of your motorhome.
- Wide-angle zoom lens
As well as a full-frame sensor, you need to make sure that you are using a wide-angle zoom lens if at all possible. These can be expensive to get hold off but they are worth it. What exactly makes a ‘wide-angle lens?’. Basically, the standard lens (the size which is as close to the human eye as you’ll get is a 50mm lens. So, anything below 50mm is considered a wide-angle lens. The lens captures images wider and more expansive than the human eye sees them to be. For these photos the lens was a 28mm but next time we visit this client, we shall be using our new 16mm lens (exciting!).
- Foreground and background
Our next advice is about the composition of your photographs. One of the simplest, but most effective tricks is to make sure your photograph has a foreground and a background. If you have some elements much closer than others you will create a greater feeling of depth and space which can help to make the motorhome feel bigger in the images you capture.
- Shooting from corners
We all know that motorhomes are cleverly compact spaces that often feeling larger when you’re in them than they actually are. So, rather than shooting a scene straight on, try shooting from different corners to bring the scene to life and capture the whole space. You can even try shooting the inside of the motorhome from outside an open window in order to capture as much of the space as possible.
Motorhome specific tips
Now we’ve covered some of the camera stuff, it’s time to think specifically about the set up of your motorhome for your motorhome photographs. Obviously make sure it’s nice and clean but also think about the following:
- Remember to take shots of unusual qualities your motorhome has
Not all motorhomes are the same and you’re going to want to show off the unique and unusual qualities of your motorhome in particular. It can be easy to forget about some of these elements such as the generator, hitches, controls, and other similar elements but it’s good to capture these in your shoot. Make a list before you start and work through is systematically in order to capture everything you need.
- Bring the motorhome to life
Whilst you want to capture these details you also want to bring the motorhome to life. Lay the table and make the bed so it looks like somebody is staying in the motorhome in order to capture the essence of staying in the motorhome. Get some people involved in the photographs too so that people have some sort of concept of the size and space there is.
- Camping-ready experience
Don’t just think about inside the campervan but also think about the outside. Make sure you capture the ‘camping’ element of the experience too. Being outside is all part of the experience so don’t miss an opportunity to bring the motorhome to life with some set up outdoor shots.
- Don’t take shots in a parking lot or garage
Whilst it can be tempting to just take photos where your motorhome is stored, think about how people will perceive the background. People expect motorhomes to be in nice open outdoor spaces (this is all part of the reason people love motorhome holidays after all) so take your motorhome elsewhere for your shoot. Trust us, this will take much better photographs.
If you’re planning a motorhome shoot anytime soon, hopefully this has helped you to plan out your motorhome photographs a little better. Always remember to think about how to capture the space in the most exciting way in order to showcase the qualities that your motorhome has.