Indoor photography refers to any kind of photography that, believe it or not, takes place indoors. It can be a model photoshoot, product photography, maybe even property photography, as long as it takes place indoors.
There are numerous ways to make sure you get the best shot possible, and it all depends on what you’re planning on achieving. Nevertheless, there are a number of common ways you can make sure you grab that winning shot indoors. Here are five top tips that you should be thinking about to take your indoor photography to the next level.
Turn off the lights
If you’re taking a more natural image, then turning off any artificial lights is the way to go. Natural lighting is the best way to capture a balanced and styled image without the harshness of artificial light and hard shadows.
To get the best looking shots in your house, move around and look at where and how the light gets into your room. Plan to shoot at the golden hour or blue hour to get that effect that you want, or even play around with other sources of light such as fire from a fireplace, brightening your room up with a gentle orange glow.
If your room isn’t as bright as you might like, don’t fret. You can change this by playing with camera settings such as the ISO or even use equipment such as reflectors. Sometimes even the best looking shots show the rays of light beaming through the window against the rest of the room.
On the other hand, if you’re planning on shooting a great product photo, studio lights are essential to light up the product as cleanly as possible. For more information on how to optimize your lighting, check out our blog on evaluating your lighting in photographs.
Wherever you’re planning on photographing, make sure of two things: there’s enough space for you to work, and there’s enough space in the photograph to clearly capture everything.
If your workspace is cramped, chances are high that you won’t be able to experiment with the best angles and positions. Make sure there’s a wide area around you to guarantee you’ll manage to try as many different things as possible, otherwise you might miss that winning shot.
Furthermore, you should make sure the area in the photograph itself isn’t too cramped either. If there’s too much going on, not only will the image look messy, but most items will appear dark as light can’t easily bounce around the room. A cleaner room makes for a lighter area.
Use your environment to your advantage where possible to make your photograph as lively and creative as possible!
If you’re taking a headshot of someone you know, think about their interests and the types of things they’re interested in, to spice up that shot. Do they like reading? Take it in front of a bookcase. Are they a painter? Take it in front of their art.
Alternatively, if you’re taking a photo of an entire room, decorate the room for the season. If it’s nearing summer, get out some ice-cold drinks and summer hats! There’s no limit to how you can decorate your room to make it all the more exciting!
Take some test shots
Before you have your photoshoot, take some time to practice with a few test shots. Experiment with the lighting and with your camera settings, and make sure you’re getting your shots from the best possible angle.
Once you’ve taken a few good test shots, you’ll be able to tell what’s perfect and what needs changing. Maybe the lighting on the left side of your room is a bit dim and you need a reflector putting up, or the colours of your decorations don’t quite match up. Even if everything turns out fine, there’s nothing wrong with a good bit of practice.
Fix errors in post-production
Post-production is the lifeline of photography. It’s difficult (very difficult…) to get everything exactly perfect in one shot, any good photographer will tell you that.
Maybe after your shoot, you realise that the lighting isn’t quite as good as you thought it was and there need to be some touchups. Or maybe you caught some unwanted objects by accident and need to get rid of them (which, by the way, we have a handy guide on if you ever find yourself needing to get rid of that reflector or ugly couch…) There’s so much you can fix by running your photos through software such as Adobe Photoshop or Pixlr.
Of course, post-production can sometimes be difficult to get the hang of, especially if it’s your first time. If you find yourself needing a quick touch-up for your indoor photographs, our professional photo editors at Splento offer quality work for as little as £0.49 per photo with an impressive turnaround time of under 24 hours. Visit the touch-up page for more information along with the easy to use upload tool.
There are our five quick tips on how you can easily make your indoor photography even better than it already is. Indoor photography is an easy and fun activity and can be used for so many different things. Keep practising and following our advice and you’ll become a pro in no time!
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