5 Tricks to Gorgeous Indoor Shots
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
By Sandy Puc'
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This time of year brings with it many exciting photo opportunities INDOORS. But with indoor photography, many struggles can arise...poor coloring and blurry pictures normally top the list. But not to fear! Those struggles can be easily remedied with these 5 tricks. Read on!

1- First and foremost, turn off all of the overhead lights. When you have overhead lighting it's really hard to capture that natural coloring. Only rely on light coming from the windows. Check out the ugly photo below to see an example of what overhead lighting will do to your photos: 

Now see what it will look like once you turn off all overhead lighting:

 I know what you're thinking... What if it's night time or there isn't enough light coming in through the windows? See Tip #2! 2- If it's nighttime, there are no windows or it's just plain cloudy and dreary outside then of course keep the overhead lights on but make sure your white balance is set on incandescent or fluorescent lighting. Or if you use a manual white balance put the number very low such as 2700K.


3- The next tip is to use a lens with a wide open aperture (f/1.4, f1.8, f/2.0...) in order to let in as much as possible. When you use an aperture that is wide open like that you are able to pull in tons of light through the lens thus making it so your shutter speed is faster which in turn gives you a sharper photo. 

ISO 400, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/125th sec.

4- If you are not getting a fast enough shutter speed even though your aperture is very low, start to increase your ISO until you gain a sufficient shutter speed. I always like to start at an ISO of 400 and then go up from there. Just remember though, the higher your ISO, the grainer your photos will be.  

ISO 500, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/100th sec. 5- The last tip is to hold VERY STILL while you take the picture to reduce camera shake causing blurriness. Sometimes I find that my shutter speed is still not fast enough even though I've opened up my aperture and increased my ISO. So in that case I just hold very still, hold my breath and gently squeeze the shutter release button so that even though I still have a slower shutter speed, I reduce any camera blur.  

ISO 500, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/40th sec. Using these quick and easy tips you are sure to capture all of your holiday celebrations! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me! I love to help and support people in their photography goals.

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