Monday, December 19, 2011
Basic Indoor Lighting
Four indispensable tips for taking your best indoor photos
I love the great outdoors—the smell of a pine forest, the wind on my face, the chill of a frosty morning, and the feel of an impending storm all get my adrenaline pumping. All inspire me to fill many CF cards. But now that the weather coaxes me to remain inside, I turn on my "interior switch" and get equally as excited as I target my list of indoor images. Use the following tips and techniques to create some great indoor photographs.
DIFFUSE IT: Bright overcast conditions are superb for photographing people. Light from the sun is softened and it creates an even and easy light with which to work. In that light from a flash is harsh and contrasty, placing "a cloud" over it softens its quality. This is accomplished with the use of an auxiliary diffuser. They attach to the front of your flash and are available at most camera stores. They come in different sizes to fit different flashes and are fairly inexpensive.
MIX IT UP: Window light, flash, and tungsten light each have their own characteristics. Experiment and combine any two or all three. At different ratios, the results can be quite unique. A portrait shot with window light as the primary source can be combined with light from a tungsten lamp to produce a yellow, orange fill. Play around and have fun.
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