I used to dread shooting indoors because there are many things that can go wrong in indoor shooting. These tips by Stephanie Glover from will help you to learn how use your camera to its fullest potential.


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.


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.


3. Use a wider aperture. If you don’t shoot 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 you still need more light after opening the windows and doors, crank your ISO. As you know by now, 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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