You might think that taking photographs indoors is relatively simple.
You just turn on the flash unit and start taking shots.
However, that’s not always the case as some images may be blurry or badly exposed. There are some specific ways to improve on indoor photography and these are five indoor photography tips (including lighting) that will help you produce great shots.
1) Taking care of the White Balance
Photo by Bala K
White Balance can be confusing to some people as it generally includes color temperature.
This is why many photographers choose to go with their camera’s auto white balance option.
But there are some occasions when it’s a good idea to manually take control of the white balance lighting setting in your photography. This is especially true if your shots are coming out with blue, yellow, or orange tinting.
If you’re shooting in the Jpeg mode instead of Raw, it’s important that the white balance is adjusted properly for the indoor setting. Take a couple of test shots before your photo shoot starts using the automatic white balance setting and then with a manual adjustment.
This will quickly show you if your camera is misinterpreting the lighting for your photos while it automatic mode. If so, switch over to manual white balance.
2) Let in Natural Light
It’s often a good idea to place your subject close to an open door or a window as these options offer better lighting for photography.
The subject will benefit from better lighting this way and if enough light is streaming in, you may not need to use any type of flash at all.
An open door or a window can typically allow you to take photos with outdoor lighting indoors.
3) Ambient Light or Flash?
Photo by Emmanuel Szép
Sometimes flash is needed for good indoor photography because you simply don’t have enough light available otherwise.
When it comes to flash, it’s usually better if you have an external flash unit, as it’s a lot more flexible.
You’ll be able to bounce the light off of anything you choose and control how much light you want to place on your subject.
If you’re using a pop-up flash that’s built in the camera you don’t have this freedom. It can also give your subject a one-dimensional and flat appearance. In general, the pop-up flash is a bad lighting source for photographs.
If you don’t have an external flash you may want to use whatever ambient lighting you have available, such as a lamp or window. If you elect to use the room’s overhead lighting or a lamp you should make sure the white balance is set properly as the lighting will be fluorescent or tungsten.
4) Using One Light Source
If there’s plenty of natural light available you should turn off any artificial lights in the room as you’ll get a better image.
You don’t really want to mix artificial and natural light together if you don’t have to. When you do this it can result in slightly blurry, hazy, or off-color photos.
If there isn’t enough natural light and artificial help is needed then be sure to re-check the white balance settings. There’s nothing wrong with trying the auto setting, but if the photos aren’t satisfactory then you’ll need to experiment with the settings.
5) Take Clutter-Free Photos
It’s always a good idea to remove any clutter from a scene before shooting it.
Survey the area before taking the photos and remove things that don’t belong or are spoiling the mood of the shot. These may be small items that might not seem like they’re intruding on your photos, but once you view them you may realize you were mistaken.
It’s better to move them out of the way before shooting than it is trying to erase them on a computer-editing program. This will save you a lot of editing time.
We hope you enjoyed these indoor photography tips. Now that you’re finished reading, leave a comment below telling us which tips was your favorite and share any experiences you’ve had taking indoor photos.
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