Now that it’s getting colder outside, my pictures have transitioned indoors. The trick when working indoors is all about ways to reduce noise and avoid grainy photos! These 7 indoor photography tips help me capture beautiful pictures inside all winter long.
7 indoor photography tips:
This is the easiest way to reduce noise and eliminate grain in general, but this becomes much hard indoors because natural light is usually more limited and shadows become more common.
2. Position yourself next to a window.
When I shoot outdoors, I love the natural light. When I shoot indoors, I try to position my girls in my best lit rooms or near windows… That way I have access to use as much natural light as possible. The more natural light I can get, the better photos I am able to capture!
3. Shoot in RAW.
I just very recently started shooting in RAW and let me just say, I am never going back! It totally transformed my indoor photography, heck my photography in general, and is probably one of my top indoor photography tips! Now I am able to edit my photos in Adobe Camera RAW, where I can reduce and even eliminate noise in photos!
In the photo above, of the girls in princess dresses in their play room, I wasn’t able to use the external flash because I was in a different room. Their faces were dark and grainy, but because I shot it in RAW I was easily able to eliminate the noise in the editing process!
4. Keep ISO under or equal to 1600.
If you go any higher, you almost always gets grain in your photos. While it’s a nice option to be able to go higher for some of those really low light situations, I try my best to stay at or below 1600. If you do have to go higher, and sometimes you just have to, make sure you are shooting in RAW to preserve as much of the details as you can so you can clear it up when editing!
5. Invest in a lens with low aperture.
The very first lens I bought to graduate from my kit lens was the 50mm f/1.8 Lens! It’s actually just a little over $100! And the low aperture allows me to get more light in the picture! Just make sure to use the selective focus and focus on the eyes when you take pictures with such a low aperture. Otherwise, you may focus on the tip of their finger and leave you with a blurry, out of focus face.
(Now I really like to use this 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens! I like that I don’t have to step back as far for the photos inside, but the aperture only goes down to f/2.0)
In the photo below, of Betty behind the curtain, I turned my aperture really low and focused on her eyes every time she popped out. My bedroom is actually one of the darker rooms in my house and I don’t usually take photos in it, but the low aperture allowed me to pull in what little natural light I could from that window.
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6. Invest in an wireless flash.
I bought a wireless flash last year and it helps me indoors tremendously! I never use the flash already attached to my camera. Instead, I use my external flash by flashing the light off my ceiling. While it’s not natural, it does give a soft effect that lights the photo up nicely!
I bought this wireless flash at the recommendation of the photographer who took my wedding photos, family photos, and newborn photos!
The photo below, of Anabelle and I icing cookies, I took last winter using my external flash! Since we had the windows behind us, our faces were dark. The external flash lightened this up.
7. Use a reflector.
I haven’t done this yet with kids (I used to experiment a little with food), but I would love to start! Position the reflector opposite a window to reflect the natural light back onto the shadow side of your subject! It’s a great way to manipulate the light and make more use out of the natural light!