Indoor photos could more challenging than outdoors. With the low light, you need to improvise and follow techniques to capture great photos. It may be tricky, but you can definitely take awesome pictures with these significant tips.
Don’t get intimidated with the light. We’ll help you get through the dark times, literally!
Befriend your Camera
This tip may be a no-brainer, but is often neglected. As a general rule, know your camera as much as you can. An amateur photographer knows all the basic features of his own camera— from the in depth specifications to the simple accessories. Though all photographers share the same terminologies, every camera they hold is unique. It is designed in a special way, which makes it different from other models. Thus, befriend your camera more than anyone else because just like the saying, “You cannot teach what you do not know.”
Control the White Balance
Though most cameras adjust directly to a certain surrounding, some may also need to be altered before you start taking pictures. This is a concrete example of why you should know your camera well. Not knowing your camera’s white balance leads to flop tinted photos. The color cast is caused by the color temperature from the light bulbs. So, you need to adjust the basic presets of your camera. You can use these pre-determined settings to keep up with the indoor light: tungsten, incandescent or florescent.
Make Use of Daylight
Even if you are indoors, you can still make use of the daylight from your windows or doorways. Great lighting is a very important feature of photography. The more light, the better photos. Daylight will really help you capture great and bright pictures. Light, combined with shade, can create a more dramatic image.
Get Help From Flash
Flash is one of the most important tools in taking great shots. Especially in areas with limited natural light, you need to use flash to avoid dark photos. However, you also need to be careful with this significant tool because you might end up with unflattering images. The best way to use a camera’s flash is by pointing it up to the ceiling or a nearby wall so that the light bounces and disperses in all directions.
Add those Reflectors
Reflectors are photographer’s secret essentials. In indoor photography, reflector is very valuable to capture the significant amount of light in every photo. There are a lot of selections, ranging from big to small reflectors of different colors. Choosing the right reflector depends on your subject. If you are into shooting minimal portraits, then you can have the small one. The larger the reflector, the more artificial light it provides. However, large reflectors could be difficult to manage.
And if you don’t want to spend more money, you can make your own reflector. It’s just simple as using a white poster board! With limited resources, you can still create a professional look.
Avoid Over Lightning
As much as how light is important in every photography, don’t overuse it. Too much lighting can cast a shadow. Consequently, it can create an unappealing look. Find the right angle and light ratios to have great photos. Natural light is your best friend, so you need to efficiently make use of it. And since indoor photography has limited natural light, simple camera tricks and accessories could help you. Just remember, keep the lights in moderation because too much of everything is bad.
Clean up that Mess
Most indoor photography sessions deal with cluttered surroundings. Be sure to clean up the mess before taking photos. As much as possible, keep those unnecessary things out your camera’s sight. And yes, Photoshop experts could do magic, but it’s much easier and better without doing an additional task of editing disorganized lamp cords and unappealing clothes. Which is better— Click and Post or Click, Edit, Crop and Post?
Keep it Steady with a Tripod
Sometimes, capturing photos with your bare hands could be very tiring. With the advancement of technology, you can now take great pictures with the help of a tripod. Tripod is very helpful to capture awesome shots, especially those that require long exposures. It helps avoid annoying blurred photos and aside from that, photographers also need a me-time. Don’t you get disappointed when you take quality pictures from your subjects, but when others take a picture of you, you get distorted images in return. Yikes! Through the ever reliable tripod, you can now take best shots, with you as the subject.
Never Stop Learning
Taking great indoor shots is not just plain luck. It’s a combination of expertise and patience. And whether you are a newbie or an expert, you should keep in mind that photography is a never-ending process. You learn ideas from your colleagues, from different forums and from your own experiences. Don’t stop learning.