10 DIY Cabinet Ideas for Small Bedroom
March 31, 2019
Having some cabinets to organize the things in your small bedroom is not a top-notch idea. Their bulky size definitely gobbles up the valuable space in your tiny bedroom. But, that won’t be a big deal if you can make your own cabinets that fit snugly into your bedroom. If you are looking for some DIY cabinet ideas, you’ve come to the right place as I’ve listed 10 cabinet ideas for small bedroom that are DIY-friendly. 10. Turn it into a Loft Bed Loft bed is the best solution for any bedroom with very limited space. By going vertical, you will have more space to move through so the bedroom will become more comfortable and spacious, just like this loft bed. These cabinets fit perfectly with this tiny bedroom. The first thing you need to do is measuring the width of your bedroom thoroughly. Then, you can make the cabinet frame. You will also need to make the bed frame that holds the bed in place.
9. Space-Saving Cabinets for Those who Share a Room When two users share a room, it means double mess. But sharing a room is not always a bad idea because it can be so much fun. All you need to do to maintain the fun while eliminating the mess is by making cabinets that can accommodate all the stuff without compromising the space. Shoving the cabinets and beds against the wall is the best way to create more space in the middle. Don’t forget to make use of every space you have including the corners of your bedroom by making corner cabinets. Raising your bed a few inches off the ground allows you to have more space underneath, which means you can make some drawers for more storage solutions. 8. A Comfortable Nook Cabinets with built-in bed can be a great nook for reading or taking a nap. It might be rather tricky, but it doesn’t mean you can’t tackle it. You can always seek some assistance if you can’t do it yourself. The first thing you need to do is making the frame where the bed nests. The frame will also support the upper cabinets that will be installed right under the ceiling.
You will also need to make some niches on the support frame so they can host your books and any item that deserves displaying. 7. Replace the Footboard with Cabinets You probably have been advised to rip your headboard and footboard off for many times. Well, some people think that downsizing the furniture and some add-ons is the safe bet when it comes to an undersized bedroom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of ripping the footboard off, you can replace it with cabinets. It is an easy project as you will only need to make some cabinets and install them to replace the footboard. To make these cabinets, you will need some plywood, screws, pocket hole jig, and some other materials.
You might want to reinforce joints of the cabinets using corner brackets. 6. Make Use Every Space You Have Every inch counts in a small bedroom. Therefore, don’t let the walls and the space under the bed leave wasted. And to achieve this goal, you will need to install wall mounted cabinets. You do not need to make sophisticated cabinets. Some simple ones that look like cubes will do in a pinch. You can either ditch or install the cabinet doors. But for an easier access and a more stylist look, you can try removing the doors. 5. Try Sliding Doors The ubiquitous cabinets usually feature pull-out doors that take up more space which makes your bedroom look more cramped.
Why don’t you try replacing the door of your cabinets with sliding doors? Sliding door requires sliding door track that enables it to move aside rather than forward, which means you won’t sacrifice any space. This cabinet, for example, offers you ample storage space without seizing extra space. Besides having sliding doors, it has open shelves on one side that can help you store books and decorative items so you can grab them easily.
4. Incorporate Murphy Bed to The Cabinets The great thing about a murphy bed is it can be hidden away when you are not using it so you can maintain the clean floorspace. You can find the steps of making a murphy bed from scratch on the internet, or you can add a twist to an existing bed frame by removing one of its legs, installing the struts, and attaching the frame to your cabinet.
3. Use a Headboard that Features Cabinets This headboard packs a lot of storage space for your small bedroom. It has plenty drawers at the back side of the headboard that you can use to store socks, jewellery, and underwear while you have some cabinets and foldable side table at the front side. The way you make this headboard is exactly the same as the way you made the common cabinets. You can begin with cutting the boards and making the cabinet frame. Then, install the drawer slides to the frame and each drawer.
For the foldable side table, you’re gonna need to attach a board with hinges that allow you to fold it. 2. Upcycle Fancy Drawers Drawers and cabinets with curvy edges and sophisticated details can be outdated for some people. But you can turn it into an epic headboard that is not only chic but also functional. You simply need to sand and paint the drawers and cabinets the colour of your choice, replace the pulls if necessary, and attach them in the place of your headboard. Before we get to number 1, I suggest you to press subscribe button if this channel is new to you. Get new updates automatically every time I upload new video and let’s find out last idea sitting on our top chart. 1. Anchor the Bed Sometimes placing the bed in the middle of the bedroom is worth trying as you can have more space on both sides of the bed.
To balance the look, you can place two cabinets on the right and left side so it will look like the bed is anchored with them. Now you know that having cabinets in your small bedroom is not always a horrible idea. There will be always the ways to keep them without sacrificing the space. Therefore, you should give these ideas a shot! That’s it for now, before you leave, like this video (if you truly enjoy it), comment it, or share it with anyone close to you in your social media account or email list. Browse and follow Simphome website for more home décor and makeover ideas. Lastly, see you again later with more video like this in a near future. And, Until that time….
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Cat on a houseboat – interior design video
March 30, 2019
SOPHIE: My name is Sophie. TRAVIS: I’m Travis SOPHIE: And we’re at DiMillo’s Marina in Portland. TRAVIS: Why don’t you come down and check out our boat? TRAVIS: Our first boat was the Catalina 27. It was great for one person and a cat. SOPHIE: We started looking for a bigger boat. It was like, all right. I’m living on it, it’s comfortable, but it’s not that comfortable. But did you know that there’s a make and model that’s the same boat for sale in South Portland for a little more money, but in good condition. TRAVIS: So we called the guy up and we looked at it. All the things that were wrong with the other boat had been fixed in this one.
SOPHIE: So the engine runs? You’re sure the engine runs? It really starts, it does. It’s good? He was like, yeah. Started it up. We’re like, wow. TRAVIS: So some things that are different on a boat than a house is everything moves. SOPHIE: We needed a special rack for books, and a special rack for our spices and things that wouldn’t fall over. TRAVIS: If it really gets rocky in here, the stuff will just end up on the floor, so it’s a good test of how clean you are. SOPHIE: The biggest challenge was finding storage for all out stuff. A U-shaped galley is a really common galley shape for boats, because there’s always something to brace yourself on, no matter how the wind is going. We’ve got the added benefit of this back here, three-burner propane stove and oven. We don’t have refrigeration. We have ice boxes, and we have hot and cold pressure water. TRAVIS: This is a seven foot by seven foot triangle, all cushioned under here. So we sleep our heads here, and our feet this way, because there’s less of an angle.
Hey, what are you doing? SOPHIE: Cat’s name is Sir Francis Drake. Sir Francis Drake was the first person to circumnavigate the world, and it’s a sweet nautical name. I wanted a dog forever, and the rule was that we couldn’t have a dog, until we had a 35-foot boat. And then we found this boat, fell in love with it, bought the boat. It’s 32 feet on deck, but it’s 35 feet overall, or 36.
The dog and the cat love each other. TRAVIS: Apartments are pretty expensive, houses are really expensive. This is a way to own your house and sail it. FEMALE SPEAKER: Love home and design? So do I. Have Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter? So do we. Be sure to subscribe to our channel at the links below. See you soon. .
Your Home. Your Style: Black Interior Windows
March 29, 2019
Replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen can give you the look you love with the modern features you need and they come in 49 color combinations and virtually limitless design options to match the style of any home whether it’s traditional white double hung and colonial grilles or this cool mid century modern with sleek black frames .
Coolest Halloween Decorations
March 29, 2019
Holy pirate ship this is somebody’s Halloween decorations on their house Halloween decorations How do you make this pirate ship look like it’s literally protruding out of your house and when you do this Are you stuck with this for the rest of the year like you now forever have a pirate ship house the attention to detail? Here is just incredible They got everybody on the crew. They got everything going on. This is a house I’d like to go trick-or-treating to this is a masterpiece You know You have to watch after your daughter If even the undead are trying to get to her bedroom Damn, girl the living and the dead men are after her.
I’m not even hating I say I Don’t know what to say I mean guys I don’t like spiders even when their knees tiny like these tiny like you can barely see them but this big if it’s this big then you gotta burn the whole Neighborhood down to the ground just in case so that it doesn’t lay any eggs. Cuz if that thing lays eggs, we got a problem It’s just decoration it’s not real spider. Okay guys guys call it quits. I’m burning down the neighborhood. It’s just a decoration They built this thing how we don’t know but we just know it’s not real. How do you even get to the door? Like there’s so much cobwebs in here. You’d be cleaning up cobwebs for days We’re gonna sit here and drink beer until we figure out women Get it cuz they’re dead.
They died trying to figure out how women work. We’re complicated Okay, you’re absolutely right, but you know what? I also don’t understand men I don’t understand women and I don’t understand men How hard is it? Down the toilet seat after you pee and then the rebuttal it is always like how hard is it for you to put the toilet? Seat back up. Nobody wins never let go Jack That’s what I think they were trying to recreate that or maybe trying to sneak into the girls again this man built Terrifying oh my god. Can you climb it into it Oh Imagine there’s a little house and in the head in the lantern the the jack-o’-lantern That would be so awesome. And then when you turn on the lights in your bedroom It would light up. We’re so scared of it, but now I love it Wow Okay, so they made a fake UFO crash and they made it a crime scene so you see like the alien and they got the number two there and like all the What are they called again all the evidence all the evidence is scattered everywhere? It’s all fun and games until the government Ceases and then actually relocates your family because they need to cover up this fake UFO crash Now that’s the most carved pumpkins I have ever seen in one place at one time and let me tell you I hope that those are pre carved or something because wow that must have taken a long time it always seems easy until you try carving that pumpkin yourself every time I’m like You know what? I’m a decent drawer.
I used to paint like my art skills are decent. Ok, I’d give myself decent on the scale of like master peacemaker and Just utter shit I’d say I’m like In the middle, but then I pick up a carving knife and I try to carve a pumpkin and I cannot do it Let me tell you it is so hard. I don’t know if my because I have really weak wrists I do have really weak wrists. My upper-body strength is quite Now this has to be the coolest house I’ve ever seen what look at the little like red carpet It looks like blood they’re just like humming down the mouth His house just ate all the children who asked for candy. This is how you have a really relaxing night on Halloween It’s fun to give out candies.
It’s fun to see everybody’s smiling faces But sometimes you’re just not in the mood and when you’re not in the mood and you just don’t want to be left alone because you know We all have those days when we’re like I’m not in the mood today. This is what you do Nobody’s gonna come to your house and your house looks like this that or everybody’s gonna come to your house I mean it could go either way. This Ghostbusters house is amazing. Look at all the attention to detail They’ve included so many things here. How long did this take? And how much money did it take? Like is this like all your savings so that you can just have some sick Halloween house and then on Christmas you’re like, sorry No lights this year we spend all our budget on Halloween this tree fell and they were like Let’s just turn it into King Kong was really angry.
Like ours is like a Jurassic Park reference I’m not sure whether a dinosaur here now I like the Simpsons just as much as the next person but this is a real fan like this is a true fan they got Me beat. Okay, the only thing scarier than this house is the electrical bill They’re gonna get at the end of the year Wow. Those are a lot of lights. Whoa This is so cool. I just thought this guy but then I saw the arm and this dude They’re all like climbing out of there if they’re being born out of a pumpkin This is a school. But can you imagine the smell when pumpkins left out in the Sun for too long? It does not smell pretty I like this one and let me tell you why this is a story of revenge Okay, we spend year after year carving the pumpkins and they are finally getting their revenge They’re fighting back. Look I made that up, but I thought I had good lore behind it I love the lore behind a picture and sometimes when it comes with no lore.
I’m here to provide it I grounded the kids for Halloween This sign on this one is just too much. They literally grounded the kids. We have a walking dead one here This is really well done. Think about all the time They took to make all those zombies and all the humans fighting back Now if you want to make this really interesting You don’t put a sensor on the zombies and you let them roam around the neighborhood as far as Halloween movies I love The Nightmare Before Christmas It is so much fun and I watch it almost every single year and I never get bored of it I don’t know.
I just love it. I love it. It’s so much fun And apparently this person also loves it so much or they turn their whole house into a Nightmare Before Christmas Set I mean I appreciate these decorations, but how does somebody get an entire bus? Outside of their house for a decoration like what is is the base tale school bus do they buy one do they rent one? I need to know the story behind this I wish the Sun wasn’t so bright so I could get like see more the details but is it like filled with like monsters? I can’t tell I see what they did there those ones really creepy and cool. Like is this paint? How do they make all these decorations and more importantly? How do you get rid of it rid of them? Do you just keep them up until next year if this was your house? You wouldn’t ever get any mail I’m gonna order some really cute clothes online and then they never show up because the mailman is like screw this I’d rather get fired I have two questions and they’re very very important.
So listen up how did they build these transformers and do they work? That is the important one do they really work? I like this one because it’s scary, but it’s not too scary okay, I don’t like things being too scary because I’m a scaredy cat and then I’m like But this way I feel safe when I go grab my chocolate now, this is some good craftsmanship Wow Do you see the detail this which like it almost looks real? I don’t know how people have the time for this I am not gonna lie half the time I kind of forget to do it and then I leave it for last second and then I End up doing like a somewhat Okay job, I guess but not really because I did it the day of yeah, and these people are doing this. I appreciate it I respect it.
I just don’t understand it Hulk for president vote green. Don’t make him angry Wow Look at how much is going on here. This one’s really cool I mean, even if it’s a little political I’m still down for it I’m living for it and I would vote Hulk all day every day. Oh, I like this one Look, look at all the attention to detail. It’s incredible. I’m not exactly sure what’s happening with this one It looks cool And it looks like he’s almost has like bike pedals on so maybe it’s motorized and his legs are moving That would make it pretty damn creepy. I was actually wondering how many of you guys actually like Celebrate Halloween in your countries because I know some countries aren’t really big on it But in other countries they are and everybody gets dressed up and they go trick-or-treating Yeah, I’m just actually really curious I I’m from can and at least where I live like we would always go trick-or-treating it would be so much fun because Putting the costumes together and figuring out what you’re gonna wear and seen everybody else’s costumes is always so much fun And then on top of it bonus points you get chocolate after You also get candy, but I like to be honest.
I’m not big of a candy person. I like I like chocolate though I don’t know. I don’t know what it is I’ve never like been that into candy like I’m okay with it But I’m never like gonna go out of my way and eat candy. Anyways, guys. I hope you enjoyed this video I love y’all so much. Stay awesome. Stay sweet and don’t forget to be nice other .
Apartment Tips From An Interior Designer
March 28, 2019
Hi I’m ray this is my apartment I put together a lot of the furniture on my own in the space but I’m not a professional interior designer that’s why we have Bethany and she’s gonna give me some tips and tricks on how to optimize my living situation let’s go ahead and walk into my apartment this is my couch it’s the first thing that I’ve brought into the space and it’s pretty much what I designed everything around is there a reason that it’s away from the wall this is actually a giant chalk wall that you could draw on but I haven’t really drawn anything on it recently and that’s why there’s like this space in between so you wanted like a alleyway so people could draw on the wall well if you do want to save some space and add more space for more seating in your living room you can push this back to the wall and then you would probably be able to fit additional seating here you’d be able to have more people over so you don’t have to sit on your floor kitchen I think you unintentionally followed a really significant design rule which is the role of lines you have predominantly horizontal lines in your space and you’ve accented it really well with organic shapes like the curve of this coffee table and with your own plant pot that’s like one of the things that you learn in design 101 if you did want this space to feel a bit bigger the rug it is a little bit small for this space because you have the couch forward it works pretty well if you were to push this back you would want to have at least I’m gonna say like an eight-by-ten in here just so that you do feel like you’re using the entire space and you’re not so confined to this little box because when humans see a little box they tend to stay within the box which is just something weird that we do but if you have a bigger rug then you can you know spread out a little bit more and have more seating and anything like that what’s going on here looks like you had a system kind of happening I really love this storage system that you do have I think that the the scale of these little boxes on this shelf is not really gonna work because naturally you’re just gonna set things in front of the boxes and you’re not gonna be able to pull it out I have a different alternative like piece that you could use that would work really well that I use for my makeup storage is a toolbox for those big ones with all the different compartments but mine is actually for tools but it’s in that kind of style and I just made labels for each of the drawers with a label maker and it keeps me contained I built these shelves out of piping and some just like baseboard and it’s for the most part doing what it’s supposed to do but this is probably the most organized that it’s been but I just feel like it’s not really being optimized the whole point was just like so I would not have as many boxes because I have a lot of boxes in my apartment I find that it’s great because you could just toss everything inside the box but the problem is once you toss it inside the box you don’t know what’s inside yeah do you know what’s in you you tried to do a sticky now it says electric there’s Christmas decorations and this electrical box a BuzzFeed beach ball half of a styrofoam one workout glove a box for a Apple TV that I throw boxes away you don’t need them that kind of thing you do not need to hold on to you do not know no matter how much you think you’re gonna use this box you most likely I think boxes like this can be your best friend and also your strenght because of things like this where you just don’t know what ends up in them so if you do have a really good labeling system you’ll be able to point that I forgot I had this this is the old camcorder should we film the rest of this on that what I was saying before is if you have a good labeling system you’re less likely to put things that don’t belong in that category in the box with the stuff so I’d say label these boxes go through them empty it all out this is not bad it’s not bad this is not that bad I feel that you have some crystals here you could cut you your crystals in here I can do it on your books so that you can actually see your crystals you don’t charge your crystals in the full moon I mean might come in in here so buns so I think that the the books and everything are cool if you’re not reading them often you can just you know kind of go like this so I would go like this and then you can put little crystal shrine right here no that works I’m like now you can actually see stuff and I think that already looks a little bit more put together like you could take a photo of that and would think if I put together shelf but you do need something right here I’m trying to get better at storing and saving the right things because I collect a bunch of random stuff that I end up forgetting about but there are certain things that you know I end up spending a good amount of time on that I want to keep that are sentimental like this sword well you have this whole shelf that you’re dedicating just here weapons if you do want to display your weapon it could be really cool to mount them above your couch or mount them above your TV and like a crossbow kind of it could be pretty cool and then you would have this whole shelf to style and do something else with and just because you don’t actually see what this is if it’s just laying down like that overall I think the Shelf is like pretty good and I think this this storage you just need to go through it and figure out what you’re actually gonna use it this is um basically not being used yeah so if you did want to hide your power cords I like the trick where you put it in some sort of storage box one with like a slit in it like that one and feed the cords through it so that they go out the back and then you can keep the extra cord in the box that’s showing but you can still access it from the top and be able to plug things and that just helps ya keep cords you know as minimal as possible that’s all I really have to say this show has a lot of stuff it’s a little cluttered I think I think you just need a really solid storage piece like what I was saying before like a big industrial kind of tool box and have a place for everything labeled and then you’ll be able to style the shelf with more alcohol if you wanted to you had a big piece over in that corner that would house you know you’re so accoun that you’ve been collecting it stuff because you don’t have a garage obviously to be able to put up a big pegboard and pegboard lay what that one oh not quite this those types are pretty big and you could I mean I love that I love that you have it just basically as like an art installation it’s like the biggest pen shelf I keep my pens and my post-its my tape talk about these these are my favorite things these were actually from a old DIY tutorial that I made a few years back and they’re plaster dragon eggs I just kept them all these years because I’m surprised that they haven’t broken throughout all that removes they’re really cool and I really like them and I do really like these shelves that you built I think this is a really good cool solution you could get little smaller things to put these in if you didn’t want the visual clutter but overall I think it’s it’s pretty decently organized I don’t think there’s too many things wrong with it and I do like that it’s kind of turned into like an art art piece in itself yeah I think that you could definitely show that off a little bit more keep collecting art little quirky things and putting it on here thanks for checking up my space and fixing what I have I’m gonna try to make sure that it works thanks for having me I’m taking about the knees advice and I’m finally cleaning out my storage boxes and all of these guys just been collecting dust inside a storage box so I’m finally gonna throw them out because like Bethany said don’t hold onto boxes I took revenues advice and I pushed the couch a little closer to the wall and it definitely opened up the room so much room that I even had enough space and small a new chair closer to the window the carpet does look a little smaller but I’m planning to change that off later on Bethany suggested having a storage system with really good labels so I’m still keeping the boxes but I decided to move them forward so that they could still be used and be easily accessed and this way it would hide all the clutter behind the boxes I also got a label maker so that I could finally print out some labels so everything inside those boxes can be put away and labeled properly the Shelf is still a little bit of a mess but I’m plan on finding something new so that it could be cleaned up but all this is a work in progress overall I’m really happy with all of the little changes Bethany told me to do to the apartment and I feel like it’s a little bit more put together than it was before she got here
25 Smart Ways to Organize a Small Bedroom Closet
March 28, 2019
Are you a little obsessed with organizing? We learned several things to organize closet, so I thought I’d share them in case you all were dealing with small closets too. Enjoy this 25 smart ways to organize a small bedroom closet. 1.Add Storage Under Clothes : If you’re cramped on space, place a small dresser and shoe rack beneath your hanging clothes. The top of the dresser can hold accessories, like hats or jewelry. 2.Get Creative : To add additional hanging storage, hang a branch on an empty wall to double as a rack. 3.Baskets Are Your BFF : Stack storage baskets to hold shoes, jewelry, accessories, workout clothes, PJ’s, and more. 4.Rearrange Your Shoes : Storing shoes is every girl’s nightmare, but don’t stress. You can fit more pairs on a shelf when you position each shoe facing the opposite direction.
5.Use A Hanging Organizer : You can double up the number of clothes you store in your closet by adding a second level with a rod. 6.If you don’t have any real closets in your home, integrate storage into another room. Wall racks and hangers are easy to install. 7.Declutter. Use Discardian’s Closet Trick to get rid of clothes you don’t wear. 8.Store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high.
9.Combine storage units to fit your different needs: drawers for folded items, hangers for dresses and suits, and boxes for odds and ends. 10.Use coordinated hangers for a clean look that will care for your clothes and help you stay organized. 11.Use an umbrella stand to hold odd items like a yoga mats. 12.Use boxes, cubbies, tiered shelves (as above), or a hanging organizer to sort shoes. 13.Keep folded clothes or accessories neat with shelf dividers, like these from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
14.Use vertical space (both above and below the closet rod) to store more. 15.Add lights in your closet so you can see (and use!) what’s in there. 16.If you live in a small space, replace traditional closet doors that swing out with curtains or hanging screens. 17.Use stackable laundry baskets for easy sorting, that you can also carry to the washing machine, like these from Sterilite. 18.Hooks can create extra storage space when you hang them inside the closet. 19.Keep your closet in shape by treating it like a small room. Pay attention to lighting, wall color, and floor coverings. 20.Make more room in your closet by storing out-of-season clothes in boxes up high or under the bed. 21.Color coding your wardrobe makes finding things easier. 22.Invest in your closet by using good-looking storage solutions. 23.A rolling cart with coordinated boxes can be pulled in or out of the closet and used for clothing or office supply storage.
24.Use suitcases elsewhere in the house to store out-of-season linens, blankets, or sweaters. 25.Repurpose standard storage pieces. use a trunk to store clothing in the closet, with a cushion on top for seating (and then baskets on top of that for even more storage). .
Photographing Interiors Pt 1
March 27, 2019
Quite a lot of you’ve got in touch and asked about photographing interiors and the particular problems that that poses now my chance Lizzy who runs this beautiful place called the mill which is just around the corner for me has had the bar completely refitted and needs some pictures of it so we thought we’d come down and talk you through the various sort of steps and problems that you’re likely to face if you’ve been on a one-to-one tuition day we means a good chance you’ve stayed here trust me it’s a lovely lovely spot so here we go this is the new refurbished bar at the mill completely beautiful with lots of lovely new touches like you know the driftwood here in the new bar new furniture and it all looks completely gorgeous when you’re going to photograph an interior you’ve got to go slowly you have to think this through one piece at a time you have to think about the problems and the issues and what you want to photograph now I’ve already had a chat with Lizzie the owners she’s told me what she wants to get out of the pictures so first of all let’s have a look around the room let’s have a little think about this it’s a beautiful room as you can see and I really really love all these little highlights you see where the sun’s coming through here and we’ve got highlights on the table but look if you look at my face when I stick my face into that Sun which is probably there that’s quite bright isn’t it that could be a problem for the camera to capture detail in the highlights and the shadows so we’re going to do first off an overview of the home the whole room the biggest problem is this high light shadow thing now of course I could put in a load of flash lights or something like that I’d only want to do it because that will kill the mood and the feel of the room now it can of course be done with artificial lighting but I’m going to spend an hour or more setting up lighting and all that kind of stuff to get the room beautifully lit this place is actually open already and I’ve already had to ask something if they wouldn’t mind having a coffee out there now we don’t want to interfere with their business and you know they can’t really fall to shut down so we can spend a couple of hours lighting it so my preferred option is to use available light because it captures the mood and the feel of the place that we’re in and I’m going to do some post-production if necessary to make it all kind of work right so what kit am I going to use to get this done you saw me carrying this big baby in through the door didn’t you use a tripod don’t even consider doing something like this without one and the heavier more sturdy the tripod is the better because if it’s light and the camera wobbles or moves or somebody walks past if you got a wooden floor just somebody walking past like that that can make the tripod wobble and vibrate as the floor vibrates we don’t want that to happen sturdier the tripod is the better I’ve had this one for years it weighs a ton it’s great for this sort of job right my trusty old D 300 checking that the lens is clean it could use a little bit of a wipe I’m using my ten to twenty millimeter zoom lens it’s a wide-angle it’s on your Sigma it’s nothing particularly fancy and it’s not a high you know wide aperture f/2 point eight or anything like that you don’t need super wide apertures for this sort of photography because I want depth of field I want things to be sharp so I don’t need that super wide aperture I want to probably use quite a small aperture I’m probably gonna be at around f-16 because I want lots of depth of field I want to see as much of this room nice and pin sharp as humanly possible hmm you’ll notice I’ve got a flash on there there’s a reason for that is because I’m going to demonstrate something to you first off I say we want fine excellent quality so I’ve gone to 200 ISO that’s our lowest ISO setting manual mode this needs to be done slowly you need to think it through and control it yourself so we’re going into manual mode I’ve already said I want lots of depth of field so I’m going to f-16 I could go to f-22 button to back it off a bit to f-16 because I know that’s where the lens is going to perform at its best white balance we’ve got all sorts of different colors going on in here these lights up here they’re going to be producing yellow light I don’t you may better see it on me as I’m standing here we’ve got daylight streaming in through the windows that’s going to be a bit blur without setting up a full lighting rig there’s not much you can do about that so we’re going to work with the available light and sort it out after so therefore I’m shooting in RAW mode because that gives me the ability to control things afterwards this isn’t cheating doing this stuff afterwards by the way it’s all just part of the way imaging works I’ve some reason taken that earlier I’m looking for the quick release that Ghost holds the camera onto my tripod I took it off the other day for something we were doing I think we were filming in the street and I just wanted this big lumpy piece of metal off the bottom of the camera while I was doing it right let’s just get that nice and tight that’s my quick release for the tripod that means I can get it on and off here very quickly if I need to you know without all that fiddly twiddly stuff let’s have a look at a composition let’s start off with an overall composition of the room to do this live view is brilliantly useful so we’re going to select live view there we go now see in the back there I can see what the room looks like in the back of my camera but my grid lines because I also need to make sure that my verticals are upright and they’re not doing this or that or skewing around which is really easy to happen right first off let’s get our composition and the first one I’m going to do I’m going to use these doors as a frame so it’s kind of like we’re pretty much as you are now you’re looking through the door there’s maybe a little bit of door either side and the room beyond because it’s a bit more inviting than just run do you know I mean now hopefully please you won’t come after me the large axe but I’m going to take that off the door so it will looks you know nice and proper I also noticed the other side of the room there’s another one of these look out for things like that it’s really really easy to miss them while you’re kind of lost in the complexities of photography and setting up your camera but it’s really really important to go around the room and check for things like that because when you look at picture afterwards you’ll kick yourself and then maybe have spent a load of time messing around trying to sort it out now the staff have been here and got the chairs all lined up nicely apart from that one over there which I moved when I came in here to put my camera bag on so I’m going to sort that out and also to do a little detail things like this it’s going to turn these round so the word the mill is facing the direction of the camera same with these menus now you’re probably not really going to see it but it’s just little little touches like that which you might kick yourself for later on I did quite a lot of consultancy work with the state agents helping them get the best out of their interior photography and it’s little touches like that which can make all the difference it’s almost subconscious it’s probably not so much a case of oh look at that it drives me mad the little things that as you added them together it makes a difference but you don’t quite know what it is and so leave that next scene this can be really really tiny the picture it’s just the part of the room isn’t it the last look around makes there’s nothing I’ve left lying around I’ve got no signs everywhere now I think all that looks pretty good so the rooms looking nice it’s on a quiet chair forward a little door open a bit see what I mean it’s attention to detail it is a lot of faffing about right with the live view on now I’m going to come back out here so we can try and get this shot looking in through here comes you go they worried Adam sorry while getting in your way again Oh restaurant manager with goods right so let’s get the camera and the composition setter set up that stuff let’s just use that live view and get a rough idea I like the metal plates on either side Adams all right you carry on mate yeah I’m gonna be a good 5 or 10 minutes getting this all set up anyway so don’t worry it’s another thing of course try not to interfere you know this is for the commercial running of the business you know these these guys have got to do their jobs as well if you’re lucky enough to be somewhere that’s your own property or it’s not actually you know working you know it’s not a commercial going concern it’s not quite so tricky because you have a lot more time to devote to things I’m bringing the shot over here this is about moving around have a look in the band and people can you see in the back Jane yeah right so this shots is quite nice I like the doors and the brass plates here but I’m thinking that if I open that door a bit more and bring the camera over here we’ve still at the bar area but we’ve got a bit more of what’s going on in that corner to see more of the room so I’m just easing the camera over here so we’re still looking across this door you notice that vertical has started to bend that way as I moved it this is always a very tricky look you see as I tilt the camera look at those verticals they’re now going off at that angle for tilt it that way look they’re cutting in like that go and watch our convergence film and that will explain why that happens and what you need to do to avoid it we just have to make sure that things are real nice and straight and they line up one of the reasons I’m down quite low is to avoid that convergence because if I was standing up straight that’s Adam doing his own fillings he’ll start screaming in a minute if I was up high I’d have to look down and that would make the verticals do this so we need to be parallel with what’s going on in the room okay that looks pretty good to me next I just need to open this a bit you need to come through so if you do just carry on we’re going to be a little while setting up right that is as far as that door opens so another look it’s a little bit too much door so let’s sneak into the room a bit these little movements do you make a difference what’s that over there okay it’s the back of a chair so that’s quite good okay I think I’m happy with that having a grid display on in the back of the camera makes an enormous difference because you can see what your verticals are doing it helps you line things up and make sure they’re straight don’t worry that there’s quite a lot of ceiling in there at the moment because again this image may get cropped because we don’t know what’s going to go put it on a magazine or a website you know things are going to be done with it it’s a bit of space top and bottom doesn’t hurt now we know that the composition is where we want it I’m going to lock my big heavy tripod so now I can forget the composition it’s there it’s done next thing where am I going to focus I want front-to-back sharpness with a very short lens you’ve got tons of depth of field therefore it’s relatively easy to achieve that we’ve already set a very very small aperture which is going to keep that depth of field going let’s take that off live view let’s just put that on to single shot there we go I’m going to bring up my exposure sorry I’ve got to focus focus is where I was so I’m going to look for the viewfinder you can’t watch me do this unfortunately but what I’m doing is focusing on this chair here I’m focusing right there why am i choosing there and not over there so you need single point autofocus to do this to make sure the camera is focusing as you want it if you put it on kind of light all over sort of out your self mode you don’t know where it’s going to focus it could go anywhere I want it here because with a very short lens I have an inherently deep depth of field at f-16 that depth of field is probably going to stretch from about here all the way to the other end of the room why not focus here then do you think of that block of focus you think that the focus is a block which moves backwards and fields backwards and forwards what’s the depth of field film for this I want to ensure that my depth of field is coming back this way far enough to keep this sharp if I possibly can and I’m going to test it but the place to focus is probably about here because at f-16 really anything from about couple of three feet in front of the camera should be in focus my starting point is here I’m then going to shoot a test image look at it by zooming in and adjust accordingly so I think that’s done white balance then I start talking about that and not complete it I probably did I just want to check it white balance right now this is set on incandescent which we don’t want I’m just going to use the sunny white balance I did start talking about it didn’t complete it there’s yellow lights in the ceiling there’s daylight coming in with a raw file it doesn’t really matter that much because you can sort it out after the event so we might have a bit of blueness in the windows and the yellowness inside the bar but again it doesn’t matter when you’re in a nice cozy environment like this a little bit of warmth and the color doesn’t really matter again we can tweak it in post-production it’s always worth standing around and looking at things in the days when I used to smoke on jobs all the time I always used to set up the camera like this and then have a cigarette while we were talking and it’s worth doing that so that you just look and think and take your mind out of it for a minute while I took my mind out of it and spoke to you about white balance I know is this a silly thing but no it’s just kind of untidy and it doesn’t match the other bits and pieces so I’m just going to have the bits and pieces you can’t call a place like this bits and pieces can you bar mats right I really think that’s ok but this is why it’s worth slowing down and thinking about things my camera bag is down here but that doesn’t matter because we can’t see it because it’s just behind there and we’re looking in through here so next let’s check that depth of field and start making sure we’ve got the correct exposure what I haven’t done is get my I can find it table release there it is why am i using a cable release chance not my shutter speed is going to be quite slow for this because of the low ISO and the small aperture so I want to use a cable release to make sure there is no movement of my camera whatsoever as I’m pressing the shutter even with a tripod as heavy as this there is a chance that the camera might just vibrate a bit and I don’t want that I want to be absolutely certain my picture is clean and sharp good I think we’re now on route double check focus is in the right place little trick and often flick it from autofocus so use autofocus to focus where I want to and then I flick it when we can see down the side of the camera onto manual so that if I press the shutter button but I’ve changed the composition the focal distance won’t shift what does the light meter say let’s bring up that in the back as you can see we’ve got f-16 at an eight to the second f-16 the light meter is saying we’re a little bit underexposed so I’m leaving f-16 because I want the death field and slowing down the shutter speed till the light meter says the exposure is correct and that’s a fifth of a second I am using which metering mode there are lots of things to think about aren’t there I’m going to use evaluative I was on does it say that’s still correct yeah that’s cool no sorry that’s right talking to you I’m not concentrating I’m doing I was right I was talking nonsense ignore me I’m using evaluative metering mode which I’m measuring the entire scene and averaging it doesn’t really matter there’s no point fiddling with spot focusing because you can adjust it by looking in the back of the camera so everything’s set let’s take a picture looking in the back there I can see where there are highlights now something which is a nuisance since we got here the sun’s moved in the sky it’s now hitting square on to that end of the bar which is causing this very bright highlight just here which wasn’t there earlier it’s going to be very very difficult to get detail into that that is such a shame the only thing I can try and do is to move the camera don’t think I can know it’s still going to hit that and we’re gonna have a completely burnt out end ok moral of the story is get here early and make sure that everything is all done properly before you get going the only thing I could do in that circumstance is to come back tomorrow or do it later in the day when the sun’s moved or start filling around with lighting we’ve already said that’s not an option right it’s very warm in here we know that that happen we know that our exposure is supposedly correct but it looks a little bit too dark to me we’ll bring that up and look at the histogram see the histogram is showing me there’s lots of darkness in this image and a big spike of brightness well that’s what that little area there is so I’m going to have to lift the exposure a bit and then check see if there’s any detail bring up our light meter again so to increase the exposure I’m going to slow the shutter speed down a bit let’s take that down then that says where it’s jumping around but yeah that’s a little bit more exposure let’s go one more and see what happens I hope that quick picture see what’s in the back if I flick between the two do you see how the histogram is jumped to the right you can see how the picture is a little brighter that’s better that’s going to give us better detail better rendition of what’s happening in the shadows but I’m worried about that bright highlight just keep looking around the image is the back of the room sharp yeah I think it is look around make sure the plots nice there’s our chair there’s a bright highlight there but I don’t think it matters it sort of adds to the mood of the room a bit here’s our menus which we turn around the right way so we could just see that everything is facing the camera you know I think that’s all nice and sharp we shouldn’t have a problem with that at all okay my concern is that bright highlight what I’m going to do is increase the exposure I’m going to basically what we’re doing is bracketing we’re just doing it slowly instead of using an auto bracket or something like that let’s bring up our light meter again so we’ve done one with a lot more exposure I’m going to do one a bit brighter still to make sure that I’ve got all those shadow details there we go so there’s our shot that’s brighter again you see I might be able to rescue that because RAW files have so much data in them we’ve got lots and lots of detail okay in case I can’t rescue it I’m going to take another shot at a much lower exposure which is for the bright areas of the picture let’s have a go at that so on my light meter here I’m going to change that exposure from plus one we’re going to take that down here I’m go – a little bit because then I know that I’ve got lots and lots of detail in those very very bright shadowed areas again take the picture now so a quick look at the histogram this is what I mean by going slowly this is much darker than that look you see this block of darkness which is the left-hand end of the histogram jumps to the left it’s because I reduced the exposure and you can see it there you can also see how the lights changed look see there’s a highlight at highlight that one minutes there and then it isn’t that’s the Sun moving through the sky that shows you how fast you have to work with this stuff the reason that it’s really useful to have that high light exposure as well as the shadow exposure is because I can then combine those two in the computer if I need to so I know I’ve lost no highlight detail but I’ve still maintained the atmosphere of the whole room which is what we need to do we don’t want people seeing something that’s completely different I’m going to show you briefly what would happen if I put a flash on now I’m only using my speed light on the top of the camera if I just put on a flash a fill-in flash of let’s say minus minus one so I’m going to put in a fill-in flash of minus one and just bounce it off the ceiling it’s going to kill the mood of the room to quite an extent I think we’ll find look at this look in the back here it’s pretty good and it could be an escape but look but how the lighting is totally totally different when I say it’s killing the mood yes it is lighting it up a bit but look we’ve got a black shadow going on down here which we didn’t have before you know that black shadow doesn’t belong there does it there is no black shadow it’s the flash that’s causing that black shadow so that’s not so brilliant if you did need to use that technique all you can do is move your camera in a bit so that this door can’t cast a shadow but then what will happen is you lose that depth to the shot look we flip between them again the doors kind of lead you in in the composition for losing the door so release the shadow is a sort of element of it’s not so inviting it’s lost something so there we go that’s I guess the first part this is capturing the image this is how to record it and get it onto your camera as I’ve said many many times Photography is a three-stage process you have to think about the shot you’re going to take you then have to put together the different photographic blocks to capture that image and then the third and final stage is your post production post-production isn’t cheating and I say this a lot too it always happened in the old days they would be dodging and burning in a print and if you were shooting with slide film well you wouldn’t sheet but you would add light so there was a huge amount of skill involved in that I’m not seeing is anything wrong with that skill it’s brilliant and I used to have to do it but it saves a lot of time and a lot of aggro for your client if you can shoot it in camera and deal with it in the post-production so that’s going to be the next step for this image post producing the image from a raw file into a JPEG and getting all the tones looking lovely