Digital Photography Tip: Taking Photos Indoors

February 20, 2013

Digital Photography Tip: Taking Photos Indoors

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:

    • First, get rid of the clutter. The best camera settings and photographic skills in the world won’t be able to fix that unsightly mess just behind your subject’s head.
    • Take advantage of the light that’s available. If you are shooting during the day, open the shades and blinds and let the light shine in. Move your subject close to an open window or door. If you’re shooting at night, turn on all of the lights.
    • If you are still short on light, try increasing your camera’s ISO setting to make your camera’s digital sensor more sensitive to light. But whatever the situation, try mot to go above an ISO setting of 800. Beyond that and the quality of your image will begin to seriously degrade.
    • Setting your camera to Auto White Balance will usually work for most lighting sources. But if you find that you images are looking bluish or have a yellow or orange hue, try adjusting the white balance setting to match your light source.
    • 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.


    For Further Reading…

    How To Consistently Take Good Photos Indoors

    Better Digital Photography: Indoor Action Shots

    How To Get The Perfect White Balance Every Time

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