Indoor Photography Tips for Newbies


Shooting photos indoors can be quite a task, but it also has its exciting moments. So irrespective of whether you have a  DSLR camera gathering dust on the shelf or simply a smartphone in hand, this is the time to learn some new indoor photography techniques to keep the mind active. For a newcomer, each interior will offer its own challenge, but these basic tips will make your improvement process smooth and simple.

Understand your camera

Get to know your camera like the mate you often wanted to speak with after class. If you know the ISO limits of your device and the highest limits, you can enhance it without compromising on quality and then increase it to the highest value. That said, every camera model is of different make and may have higher noise tolerance values. Knowing your ISO potential can also be helpful during night photography.

Avoid the flash

Only if you want an unflattering image then use the camera flash. Avoid it all costs when doing indoor photography even if you have to increase the level of the ISO whenever you can. If you must use a flash inside, bounce it off a wall or ceiling. Remember flash photography indoors should only be utilised, if natural light does not serve the purpose.

Pay attention to insignificant details

At first, indoor photography may look simple, especially if you are clicking in an empty space. To make for this you can bring in some attractive visual elements to turn into subjects in the background. Look around the surroundings to see what you can add in a photograph. Buy a few colourful carpets online to add flavour to the area. A brightly coloured carpet can get you some amazing images with its beautiful shades. If your rug is lying on the ground, shoot it from corner to corner. Take a close shot also to show off the intricate patterns. Finally crank up your ISO as high as you can to produce the best effects for indoor lighting.

Use artificial light wherever possible

While many photographers may argue that natural lighting is best, any artificial lighting for indoor photos can give great results. The power of simple sources like torches, lamps and phone screens can provide a wonderful sparkle to the images. Not only artificial lighting will brighten up the subject, it will also help you to focus better. Once you get familiar with these techy you will know what to do when you finally get a studio of your own.

Know when to shoot

Lighting has its limitations in photography, especially when you are shooting indoors. If you want to get the best out of your subject, shoot at these times of the day:

  • Midday: The midday light works best indoors as it gets too harsh outside. A curtained window, for example, will give a flattering effect.
  • Dawn and dusk: You must be aware of the golden hours just after sunrise and before sunset everyday. The diffused light is good for any genre of photography.
  • Twilight: Combine artificial lights with the pinkish hue to make the ultimate background for silhouette photos.

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