With the cooler weather approaching, it means we are going to be spending more time indoors. When I was first starting out with photography, I used to dread shooting indoors. I hated using my pop-up flash, didn’t quite know how to use my external flash yet, and wasn’t shooting in full manual mode. Basically, I wasn’t using my camera to it’s fullest potential.

But then I learned some tips, read my manual some more and learned how to use my camera. Your camera can take great picture indoors!

Tips for Taking Better Pictures Indoors

Tips for Taking Better Pictures Indoors

Week 40: September 28-October 4

1. Look for available light sources. Open up those doors and windows to allow as much natural light in as possible. Move your subject towards those light sources {if you can} to take advantage of the natural light.

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2. Set your white balance. White balance sets the tone and temperature of your photograph. When shooting indoors, it’s important to make sure you set your white balance properly. The Incandescent setting is best for traditional household bulb while Fluorescent will prevent the green cast that is  common to photos taken in fluorescent light. Cloudy will add a bit of warmth to the light and I typically stick to this when shooting outdoors.

3. Use a wider aperture. I normally shoot pretty wide open {large aperture, small f/ stop} to start off, so I normally have to skip this step. But if you don’t shot with a wide aperture, try bumping down a stop or two to help more light get into your lens with the larger aperture.

4. Crank up that ISO. If I still need more light after opening the windows and doors, I crank my ISO. Yes, I do this before I bust my flash out! As you know by know, when you up your ISO, you will get some grain in your photos. The trick here is to test out your camera and see how well it handles the noise {or grain} at higher ISOs.

5. Use a slower shutter speed. If upping your ISO still doesn’t give you enough light, try a slower shutter speed. Again, you need to make sure you keep your camera steady by either bracing yourself or using a tripod. Any camera shake with a slower shutter speed will result in blurry photo.

6. Set it to Night Mode. If you are using a point and shoot camera, turn it to the night mode. This setting will leave the shutter open longer and use a smaller aperture. If you are going to use night mode, make sure you keep the camera steady or use a tripod.

7. Break out the flash! If all else fails, pull out your flash {or pop it up if you don’t have an external flash}. Remember to bounce your flash off a nearby wall or ceiling to avoid shadows and blinding your subject. This will also help your photos look more natural.

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This week your challenge is to take some great indoor photos! By using the tips above, I know you can rock this one! Make sure you share your indoor photos on Facebook.