Lighting Interiors – 2nd Edition is Live!

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Almost a year in the making…it’s here! I’ve given “The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors” a vigorous overhaul, doubling the page count (277 pages…yikes!) and adding four new chapters as well as a bonus section at the end.

If you’re not familiar with it, this is an eBook (PDF download, click here to buy it) that covers lighting techniques for interiors photography, with a strong bent towards real estate photography. Small flash is used throughout, and the photos are shot and presented with either zero photoshopping, or extremely minimal re-touching (which gets discussed every time). My philosophy with photography, and especially for real estate photography, is to make a deliverable photo entirely on location, so that I can produce a JPG with absolutely minimal RAW adjustments  — or maybe none at all — the least time spent in post-production possible.


Fundamentals_smallI went through the existing chapters with a fine-toothed comb, correcting errors, clarifying confusing parts, creating new diagrams, and in some cases just re-writing entire sections with new photos.

The book starts out with the most basic of basic — lighting a single square (empty) room with one window. I don’t leave anything to the imagination here: we spend three pages just on that empty room. It’s crucial to have a rock-solid understanding of the fundamentals before the real fun begins.

As the book progresses, things get more and more complicated. Every photo that gets discussed was made on a real shoot (with one exception, which I note). The techniques I describe are EXACTLY the ones I employed on those shoots; you see the results, but you also see every intermediate step, including my screw-ups, and how I fixed ’em.


Dining RoomI also added four new chapters: Ceiling Fans, Good Light, Speed Kills, and Out of the Box. “Ceiling Fans” should be obvious enough…

“Good Light” is a discussion of what we mean when we say a photo is “flat”, and how we can avoid that. It’s complete with a couple of test cases where we shoot the same room two different ways and then compare results.

“Speed Kills” is a text-only essay on how it’s possible to manage a 4, or 5, or whatever number light setup and still get in and out of a real estate shoot in a reasonable amount of time. I break down my strategy and thought process on a typical real estate shoot, step by step.

Out_Of_The_Box_smallAnd “Out of the Box” is all about making photos that your clients haven’t seen before – photos that can go beyond simple documentation of a space and instead fire someone’s imagination.

I feel strongly that the difference between an “average” real estate photographer and a “top” photographer lies primarily in their art. Photography is an artistic medium, no matter how hard you try to avoid that — and those who embrace that concept and produce beautiful photos that still accomplish their client’s mission are the ones who really go places. So I’ve injected a lot of that sensibility into this edition.

page_44And finally — the book has a new, vertical, tablet-friendly layout. We’ve really worked hard to make this as readable as possible, especially on a tablet (which is how the vast majority of readers are viewing the book. I’m not sure how we know this, but it’s been explained to me authoritatively and I’m a believer.)

I’m really pleased with the “look” of this edition. You can jump back and forth from any page to the table of contents, there are live links to outside resources, it’s pretty slick.


If you already purchased the original edition — Christmas is early this year. You should already have gotten an email with a download link to the new book. No Charge! If you haven’t received that email, you’ve got some work to do — it either ended up in a spam folder, or (more likely) you used a temporary or “spam” email address when you first bought. The only way the publisher knows who you are is from the address you supplied when you made your purchase, so you’ll need to know that or there’s little anyone can do.

If you haven’t purchased…now’s the time! HERE’S WHERE. The thumbnail and text on that page hasn’t been updated yet, but that’ll happen before the weekend is over and I assure you, there’s only one book — as of yesterday, the only download available is the new edition. So be confident — you’re getting the new book!

Of course, if you think the book is good…likely you’ll want to check out the companion video series, as well, which has also been recently updated.

Feedback? Hit me up in the comments! Me, I’m taking a well-earned day off!

19 responses to “Lighting Interiors – 2nd Edition is Live!

  1. I have not seen any notification, but the email link showing the download address of the new Lighting Interiors ebook may have been deleted. Is there a way to have it resent?

  2. Thanks! Just got the update, looking forward to reading through it!

  3. I pretty much read it all, had the first edition open side by side…man, you did a major rewrite! Great job, the new sections and format changes really sharpen up and focus (see what I did there?) the narrative. It’s really tight.
    Getting psyched for the SF seminar…
    Congrats, and thanks.

  4. Wow, what an update! This should be the #1 required reading of anyone starting off in interiors photography. In fact, you’ve inspired me to get off my butt and practice some different lighting techniques this afternoon!

  5. Hi Scott,

    When I bought the first Edition and consequently the video series I used this email address.

    I also get you posts to this email address.

    I have not seen your email with the free upgrade to the 2nd edition (have checked every where)

    Can you resend link for the second edition

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  6. Scott,

    I am not an OMG sort of person. but, holy crap, the first edition was extremely beneficial and full of lighting wisdom. the second edition has so many extra little pearls of knowledge I am very impressed. It is exactly the sort of information to help the real estate photographer make the next step into commercial architecture and interior design. To be fair – you need more time at a shoot to practice the little “extra” details but I believe
    these will be come more intuitive and quicker to capture.

    I already give the RE agents better photographs than I charge for but practice makes perfect and I want my “next level” clients to be stoked. Thank you for sharing kind sir.

  7. Great job, Scott! Thanks for the update.

  8. Damn I just bought the 1st edition a day! Wish I could have known this was coming 😦

  9. At our agency (UK based) we only have the option for 1 flash. Is this ebook tailored more for multiple flash use? I appreciate that is the ideal scenario! cheers

    • Hi Richard,
      The book is geared very much towards off-camera flash, anywhere from 1 to 8.
      For what it’s worth, there are many, many photographers in the UK who use more than one flash – I don’t think there are any hard rules against it! Forget what the boss says….just get the photo! 🙂

  10. Cheers for the reply Scott – after re-reading what I typed, I wasn’t very clear. I meant to say…we have, and probably only can flash. So is the book wasted on me? We only shoot small properties at lower end values (nothing like the stuff you shoot, put it thay way!).

  11. Hi Scott, congratulations on producing such a magnificent book, and many thanks for the comprehensive update. That’s the best gift I’ve had in a long time!