Top 7 Tips for Great Indoor Photography

Top Tips for Great Indoor Photography by stolen maps

Indoor Photography can be pretty hard to carry out because of common issues like grain in images, underexposed images, noise in images. The culprit being lack of light and confined space for setting up proper equipment. But don’t worry, with some handy tips, you can capture awesome pictures.

You can follow the tips below to get the most out of your Indoor Photography projects:

1. Shoot in RAW

Perks of shooting in RAW are innumerable. Simply, you’ll be able to edit your photos in Adobe Camera RAW to cut noise in your indoor photos.

Shooting in RAW gives you flexibility of adjusting exposure, white balance, color and what not!!

mother and daughter cooking together at home
©Morgan Leigh—source

2. Indoor Shooting with Overexposure

When shooting indoors, lack of natural light makes shadows more common. To reduce noise and control grain in photographs, it is best to have a little overexposure.

While shooting portraits indoors, overexposure helps hide wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes by simple dominating shadows. Overexposure works wonders for natural light portraits.

But, you need to use it intelligently. If you eliminate details in the bright regions, there no getting it back. It will simply ruin the beauty of your subject. And that will be the last thing anyone would want.

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girl with laptop sitting on bean bag couch reading a book

3. Keep ISO under 1600

Having ISO more than 1600 almost always bring grain in indoor photographs. Go for higher only if very low light is available.

But make sure to shoot in RAW and have wide aperture to preserve details. Then only you’ll be able to properly adjust grain and highlights/shadows.

4. Aperture Priority Mode

You get to choose the aperture in Aperture Priority Mode. Choose lower aperture number (f-stop) for wider open aperture. Wider is the aperture, more light is captured.

With lack of natural light indoor, you should make the most out of what you have. So, consider to capture more light by widening the aperture.

With wide aperture, the depth of field is shallow, that means your subject will be in-focus and the background appears blurry. This effect is great for Indoor Portrait Photography.

For portraits, f/5 or f/6 should do fine. Make sure you focus on eyes, otherwise the face might be out-of-focus and blurry.

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5. Use Reflectors

While shooting indoor, place reflector opposite to he window or door to reflect the natural light and make it fall onto the shadowy side of your subject.

It helps you make most out of the limited natural light you have and your subjects looks bright and beautiful.

also read: Top 5 Benefits of Self Portrait Photography Projects

young girl looking at herself in the mirror
©Dena Haines—source

6. Use Mirrors

You can try using mirrors for some creativity. Just hang one along the window, not blocking light on the subject/model. You can use hand-held mirrors as well.

Change your position to get angles and reflections perfect. Make sure your reflection is not there in the mirror. Ask your model to look in the mirror, And shoot!

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7. Use Curtains

Curtains can help diffuse harsh light that can ruin your images. For example, if a direct beam of sunlight is falling through the window, then pull the curtains together to soften the light. It will be good for exposure as well.

Well, there you go! That’s all I had to share. Don’t forget to drop a comment down below if this post helped you in some way or if you’d like me to write about something or maybe just to say hi!

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