Indoor photography can be a really convenient and fun way to snap pictures of family and friend, especially with the continuing cold and wet winter weather. But getting a good indoor photo can be surprisingly tricky.
Photographing indoors can be tricky because of lighting. Indoor lighting is often too dim to capture a good photo without a relatively long shutter speed. And longer shutter speed can mean problems with your subject moving or your hand shaking. And the result is movement blur.
And, even if there is enough lighting, it’s usually an off-color, giving your images an odd colorcast.
But that’s not to say that you can’t take good indoor images. You certainly can! Just keep these things in mind:
Use a flash only if you have too. Unfortunately, indoor images using your camera’s on-board flash are often harshly lit and unflattering. So, unless you have an off-camera flash that you can angle and bounce, use the flash only as a last resort.
If you do have an off-camera flash that attaches to your camera’s hot shoe, bounce the flash light off of walls and the ceiling to produce soft, indirect light.
If you do have to use the on-board flash, use a small flash diffuser or wrap the flash in a thin tissue to soften the light. Or, if your camera allows you any control over the flash’s intensity, turn it down to take the harsh edge off of the light. Turn turn on the red-eye reduction feature if your camera has one. And move your subject away from walls and other horizontal surfaces that may produce unwanted shadowing behind your subject.
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.