2. Focus on Insignificant Details
Indoor photographs can look very simple, especially if you’re shooting in an empty or abandoned space. To make up for this, you can add eye-catching elements to your compositions.
If you don’t have an indoor studio (many of us don’t!) create your own using things you see every day. Pay attention to vibrant objects that you could turn into subjects, foregrounds, or backgrounds.
Take a look at your surroundings. What do you usually take for granted? Could that item be used in a photograph?
Here’s an example from my own life: I have a few plants on my table. I could simply appreciate them for what they are or use them as subjects in my portraits.
Plants make amazing foregrounds, especially when it comes to simple indoor photographs.
3. Use Indoor Artificial Light Whenever You Can
My experiments with simple artificial light led to the creation of my favourite portraits. Though I’ve never used professional studio lighting in my life, I strongly believe in the power of simple light sources.
A few examples are lamps, torches, and phone screens. Regardless of their simplicity, these objects are a great opportunity to add a spark to your photos.
In addition to beautifully lighting your subject, artificial light will help you get the perfect focus. When I take self-portraits in dark locations, I have to make sure that the autofocus feature captures the right details.
To do this, I light my face with a torch until the camera finds me. Once this is done, I can take photos like the one above.
Use artificial light sources to get the right focus, add more depth to your photographs, and familiarise yourself with different lighting techniques.
And when you do get your hands on professional studio equipment, you’ll know exactly what to do!