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DPT Magazine - Quickly Shoot Better Indoor Photos
April 19, 2012

It doesn't take much to get great shots indoors. In fact the secret is so simple that it'll amaze you when you know what it is.

The first secret to taking good indoor shots is that you need light. The major problem with indoor shots is really just they are far too dark.

I've taken shots of things inside and sometimes found that no matter how hard I try, without the aid of an overhead lamp or sunlight streaming through the window my shots just won't turn out.

Portrait shots are a classic example of this. There is a very good reason as to why photographers who work at their family residence, have lots of big and obtrusive lights, lamps etc, creating a lot of light.

That's because they know that in order to work successfully indoors, they must have adequate lighting or forget it. It's really that simple.

The correct balance of a light is a tricky one sometimes. You can have too much light which tends to create too many areas of white light. These blocks of overexposed light eliminate detail.

The problem with indoor pictures is that too often the picture is underexposed. This means not enough exposure to light. Because we see differently to the camera, it's difficult to know exactly how much light to have in your picture.

The good news is that the more you take pictures indoors and play around with the light, the more you know about what light you need at that time to take that subject.

Its really just a matter of practice. With this practice you develop a subconscious knowledge about what light will work. Its funny how that just happens automatically after a while of practice.

To work successfully indoors try taking a picture of your subject under window light in the beginning of the day. Even turn the overhead light on to create more light to help the camera pick up the subject more clearly.

You may even want to angle the light onto a wall to be reflected back onto your subject. This can work well inside if done properly. You can even create different types of light on your camera itself.

Happy shooting,
Mark McKnight

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