Particularly during the pandemic, indoor images can be tricky. It’s difficult to find fast ways to get creative and remain productive within the four walls, having spent months at home. Also for sharp and high-quality shots in your flat, you might not have enough daylight. You face more limitations when doing indoor photography, but this does not mean that you do not try to push yourself.
In this post, you can enhance your indoor shots with tips and tricks that we share. If you feel like your indoor photography needs a step up, they are easy to implement and very helpful.
1. When shooting indoors, white balance is everything.:
Have you ever found that many indoor shots appear yellowish or bluish (often taken by amateur photographers)? The photos may have good composition and a creative vision, but a lack of white balance control makes them look unprofessional and low-quality.
It is particularly difficult to manage the white balance when space has no windows or doors leading directly to the street. While it is automatically operated by most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, it will not perform well in low-light conditions. In these situations, there is little left for a photographer but to turn on all the artificial lighting available and change the camera settings manually.
Find out the type of lighting (incandescent or fluorescent) in the room to get the proper color temperature on your indoor shots, and change the white balance accordingly.
2. Make use of windows and doors around you:
If you naturally light a room or a studio you’re shooting in, you’re lucky. In low light conditions, you won’t have to think about changing your camera settings and will be able to concentrate on how imaginative and original your indoor photoshoot is.
However with your place, you might not always be so fortunate and sometimes you’ll have to work in spaces that don’t have much light. You’re going to have to find a solution, and actually, there’s a safe bet there. Only search for street-leading windows or doors and try to make the most of the daylight that comes from them.
Pay attention to the form of light that inundates the room. The light shifts many times during the day and it will not always work in your favor. The sun at midday, for example, may offer space with harsh shadows and make your images look cheap. But if you plan an indoor photo shoot early in the morning or just before sunset, during the golden hour, you’ll get a chance to take some shots. The illumination is dim at this time and the images you catch obtain a magical golden glow. Only imagine what interesting ideas for indoor photography you might understand during these hours!
3. Play with light to get creative shots:
If you film at home, but not outdoors, photography can be boring or difficult, as it was during the lockdowns around the world. However, despite constraints, many continued to produce and managed to take an entire collection of amazing pictures. Some photographers reimagined their routine, others did still life photography and used improvised means or props they found at home to take conceptual shots.
A play with light is another concept for an innovative indoor photoshoot. At twilight or the blue hour, you can take pictures and tell stories about the strange shadows falling on the surfaces. They will add depth to your photographs, but they will also make some pictures look genuinely real.
4. Use reflectors for indoor photoshoots:
Since your indoor position does not have enough light, as a result, you can compensate it with various instruments and tricks to obtain high-quality and aesthetic images. Among such resources is a reflector. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other equipment), but it can help you improve your indoor photography dramatically, particularly if your portraits are taken.
You can change the light using a reflector, making it brighter or harsher. To illustrate the volume or shape of the object, you can also make the light more vivid or create additional highlights.
Furthermore a reflector may be used for photography of goods or food. You can change the color tone of your sequence to cooler or warmer ones, depending on the reflector surface (white, brown, silver), as well as deepen the shadows for darker shots.
5. For perfect indoor shots, follow composition guidelines:
Indoor photography requires imagination and motivation to look professional and outstanding. You shouldn’t forget about simple composition principles while being excited about realizing your unique vision. As you do your work, they will get you equipment and space to explore.
You’ve probably learned about the rule of thirds, the Golden Ratio, and other composition principles that help you better your photography, even if you’re just starting out in photography. When planning for a photoshoot, keep them in mind. Spend time making a shot list in advance so that you can enjoy the process during the shoot instead of stressing out because of the arrangement of props or other problems.
6. At your place make the most of props and details:
While most of the time, indoor photography is difficult, it also has positive aspects. You get access to the props at the venue you will use for your photo shoot, whether at home, in the workplace, or in the studio.
In order to construct an interesting composition, have you ever used kitchen items? You can create layers and add textures to your photography with towels, aprons, cutlery, crockery, and boards, making it more complex.
If you have a picture-perfect or old-school-looking bathroom, like most bloggers do you can try making Instagrammable images. Fill your bath with foam, place candles and flowers on the sides, and take indoor pictures on social media that will get thousands of likes and shares.
Actually, you’ll see hundreds of opportunities for interesting indoor shots if you look around your room. Only take the time to think about all the potential ideas and then make the most of the props and space available to you.