On Monday I took photographs of the interiors of four studio flats for a company called IQ Edinburgh. IQ are one of a number of companies providing fully contained accommodation for students. For not a huge amount of money (the top studio is around £400 a month at the time shooting the photos) you can live almost in central Edinburgh and these flats serve all of the major universities and colleges including Napier, University of Edinburgh, Herriot Watt and Edinburgh College.
This was my first interior shoot for a few months and it was good to get back into this kind of photography. My work is almost entirely focused on weddings right now so it was a nice change and it’s also fascinating to see what these properties look like inside. When I was a student in the 90’s a lot of student accommodations were pretty awful but these modern apartments look great.
Note: Looking back at this post it’s not 2016 and one can argue there are now way too many of these kinds of student apartments. Almost everywhere you go in the city there are now these student accommodations and I fully understand why. Students and especially foreign students bring an lot of money into the city but it’s driving up prices for local people. In 2011/12 a 2 bedroom apartment in a reasonable area would cost you £700. Now it’s in the region of £1000.
But back to this shoot, the manager at IQ wanted an emphasis on wide shots so I shot these in a panoramic style. I just recently acquired a panoramic kit from Really Right Stuff, who manufacture arguably the best tripod heads available, and it was awesome to use.