Indoor Photography Tips and Ideas for Beginners

Most of us would-be photographers have probably discovered that we get some great results when we take photographs out of doors – the bright natural light will give you great results time after time and with little effort. But it’s a different story when it comes to indoor photography – it can mean poorly lighted frames, shadows, grainy or blurry shots. So what can you do to get great indoor shots as well?

Here are some quick tips:

1. Use the flash

The most obvious solution to dark interiors is of course, use of your camera’s flash. However you should get to know what the range of that flash is – too close and it can wash out the natural colors in a frame. Too far and you simply will not get the amount of illumination you need. Also know when to use the flash and when you are likely to get better results in natural light.

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2. Use ambient or natural light

Sometimes you will get the best results in the amount of ambient light available – you get great definition and richer colors. Also try and let in natural light my placing the subject close to an open window or a similar source of natural light.

3. Experiment with lens and apertures

Increasing the aperture permits more light to enter and experiment with apertures to get better results for indoor photography. Also experiment with different lenses if your camera allows for it to see what gets to interesting results. Experiment with angles, play with light and shadow, use unusual silhouettes to get great results.

4. Get rid of the clutter

Compose your frame to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. A cluttered picture is not aesthetically pleasing. So before you take the shot, move the dirty cup off the table, shift the overturned flip flops out of the frame, and move the discarded clothing off the couch. This helps draw attention to the subject in a picture without a bunch of distracting, extraneous details.

5. Find ideas in the mundane

When you take indoor picture, you typically shoot people. You can get some memorable and interesting shots by taking non-posed pictures and by photographing people as they go about talking, working, walking. Ordinary objects can tell a story develop an eye to discover those stories. Use mirrors and glass for creating different effects, change your perspective by looking at things or objects from completely different angles. Above all, have fun.

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