Have you ever picked out a cute outfit to head out for a photo shoot just to find that it’s raining or there’s a blizzard outside? When you live in a place like Minneapolis like me, this happens pretty much every weekend for 3/4 of the year. I narrowed down my best tips for beginner photographers or bloggers to get the perfect indoor shots when your photoshoot plan doesn’t work out.
5 Beginner Tips for Indoor Photography
1. Pick a well-lit spot
White walls and windows facing South will be your best friends when you’re photographing indoors for the first time. One thing to be mindful of is any funky shadows or harsh lighting. Play around with the angle you or your subject is facing and with the location of the room you’re in. It also gives variety in your poses and the opportunity to play around with what looks most flattering.
2. Be mindful of your outfits
Depending on the color of your top, it can cast a color on your face so just be mindful of what you or your subject is wearing. When I know that my lighting is going to be tricky, I usually stay away from yellow, orange, red since those are colors that I usually have to tone down when editing and it can be tricky since those are the colors in skin and lip tones.
3. Use a reflector
Reflectors will be your best friends if you’re ever having a tricky lighting situation. Plus, it’s affordable, easy to transport, and easy to learn how to use. I recommend this one sold on Amazon: Neewer 5 in 1 Portable Multi Camera Lighting Reflector. All you have to do is pop it open and find the light so that it reflects on your or your subject.
4. Take your camera off of auto white balance
Even if you’re not sure which white balance setting to put your camera on, it’s going to be super helpful to have all of your photos on the same white balance setting so that you don’t have to individually edit each photo based on their white balance. You’ll be able to apply generally the same tone and tint to fix the color in your photos when they are on the same setting.
5. Learn how to properly adjust tint and temperature
If you haven’t learned how to adjust the tint and temperature in your photos yet, this is the time to start. Most of the time, you’re stuck with some poor lighting indoors and your photos are too warm or too green. Once you learn how to adjust these settings, you’ll see that most of the time all you need to do is change the tint, temperature, and exposure to get a good quality photo.
Ready to photograph your next shoot indoors?
Make sure you share your photos with me! If you feel like something still feels off about your indoor photography, I can give you more tips on what may help you keep improving. Can’t wait to hear from you all!