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Tips: Indoor Photography

Posted by Tasha Jo on

Hi there Twisted Needle family!  I'm back with another post in our photography series.  If you missed the first post about photographing kids, you can find it here.   

Today I'll be talking a little bit about indoor photography.  Many of us are in that time of year where we have fewer daylight hours.  Combine that with the colder temperatures and overcast days, it's likely most of your photo shoots end up taking place indoors.   That doesn't mean the quality of your pictures has to suffer.

Natural Light

In the first post I mentioned natural light and I'll talk about it more here.  No matter the size of your indoor space, you are bound to have a window or two that can provide amazing natural light for your photos.  Natural light is typically the preferred option for indoor photos versus using artificial light from bulbs or the flash on your camera.  This is mostly because flash can add shadows or harsh light to your photos.  Raise the blinds/open up the window treatments on the windows to let as much natural light in as possible.  

White Balance

Do your photos sometimes have a blue or yellow tint?  If so, you likely need to adjust the white balance on your camera.  You can manually adjust this setting on your camera based on the type of light available.  Many cameras have options that include Auto, Daylight, Florescent, Cloudy, Shade, etc.  Choose the option that best fits your setting.

Increase ISO

When taking photos indoors, you will likely need to increase the ISO on your camera to allow more light in.  ISO regulates the sensitivity of the sensor to light and by increasing this setting your photo will be brighter.  I suggest playing around with the ISO setting before setting up to take your actual photos.  Different cameras will need different adjustments.  Your camera and available light settings might be great at 400, others might need to go up to 800 or even higher.  There are no hard and fast rules so don't be afraid to make minor adjustments until you find what works for you.

Widen Aperture

Using a wide aperture also allows more light to pass through your camera to your sensor.   Another benefit to adjusting your aperture is the emphasis it puts on your subject and allows them to stand out against the background.


Don't worry if any of this seems a bit overwhelming.  Check in each day next week, where I will go a bit more in depth on each of these.  I'll show you how to find and adjust the setting on your camera to get some great indoor photos.

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