10 Tips For Better Indoor Photography – From Lighting to Settings

When I first started shooting indoor photography, I was intimidated by the limitations of buildings. As a natural light enthusiast, I wanted to have as few restrictions as possible.

When I discovered the positive sides of this genre, however, I was able to pinpoint my creative weaknesses and strengthen the skills I already had.

Indoor photography is an admirable genre for several reasons:

  • it serves as a shelter when the weather is unkind;
  • there’s usually some kind of artificial light, which you can use to take unique photographs;
  • it doesn’t demand a massive budget; and
  • it’s open to photographers of all kinds.

Here’s 10 tips on how to get better at shooting indoors.


1. Play With High ISO Numbers

Indoor lighting can be very complicated, especially when it’s almost dark outside. To take sharp photographs, you’ll have to increase your ISO number. As scary as it might sound, it won’t ruin your photographs.

The photos above were taken on a gloomy day using both natural window light and artificial light.

These are the camera settings I used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.5
  • Shutter speed 1/20
  • ISO 5000

Though every camera is different, most modern ones have a high noise tolerance. Using my Canon 5D mark ii, I can take all kinds of indoor photographs without making them look too grainy.

The camera I used before this, a Canon 60D, produced a little more grain when I played with ISO. However, this effect created a cinematic feeling that complemented my photographs.

With this in mind, research your camera’s capabilities or experiment on your own. Once you’re aware of your equipment’s limits, you’ll be able to explore indoor photography a lot more freely.

If your results look too grainy, don’t delete them immediately. Chances are that you’ll like them a little more when you see them on a bigger screen.

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