Shooting photos outdoors can be great. You can feel the warmth on your skin, the pleasant light of the sun, the gentle breeze.
Well, that only works when the weather is fairly good.
Throw in some pesky rain and your photos will be ruined. And if you live in a cold place with harsh winters or a tropical country with constant rain, then you can’t shoot pictures for almost half a year.
Try shooting your photos indoors!
Simple enough, right?
Well, not that simple. I mean, it’s not like you get your camera and shoot away to your heart’s desire. No. You have to do some preparations first.
Shooting indoors has its own challenges, and it requires a different set of techniques compared to shooting outdoor photos. But it is not in any way impossible.
My most solid advice is that when shooting indoor photos, whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, pick a place where it is most convenient for you. I think the best place is your very own home. Not only is it conveniently close in proximity, it is also very convenient.
Think about it, you get to shoot photos while enjoying your home’s comforts which you have worked so hard to improve. On top of that, it’s not like some other photography studios out there, you won’t have to pay!
Here are some tips you can apply when shooting indoor photos:
- Finding a location
There are different places where you can shoot inside your home. But if your loft is still unconverted and mostly useless, I suggest you try doing a loft conversion.
Some companies specialise in loft conversions (see Chiswick loft conversions). This is so you won’t have to do the work yourself and you can ask them to do a home studio room design.
- Make use of your windows
I know you’ve probably heard this a lot, but I must mention this again, window lights are awesome. Not only is it natural, it also gives a very nice effect to your photos.
You can also enhance the light coming in from your window by installing some light modifiers such as blinds.
- The background matters
What differentiates a professional photo from an amateur one is the choosing and the quality of the background. Most people will just go ahead and take a photo anywhere without any regard for the subject’s background. Well, I tell you, it matters a lot.
- Control your Light sources
Now, you may think that you can shoot an awesome photo with your windows open and your ceiling lights on. Well, no, the photo won’t be that great.
“But, isn’t it better to have more light?”
It’s not that simple. When you are mixing light sources, in this case, natural and artificial light, the photo won’t have the proper white balance. I suggest you stick to one light source and control the other. You may close the windows or turn off the ceiling lights, whichever is best.
Indoor photography will certainly take some practice and experimentation. You just have to be creative and explore some new approaches.