Shooting with Natural Light Indoors

LET NATURAL LIGHT DO ITS WORK

Personally, when I first got into photography, outdoor shooting was my favorite type of session. The best part about shooting outdoors is (you can probably guess) the natural light you have to work with. I was drawn to this type of shooting because I did not start out in a studio nor did I own a studio to practice using off-camera-flash. Can anyone else relate to this?

Another aspect of photography that I enjoyed was getting my image as perfect in camera as possible. Post processing wasn't necessarily something I looked forward to, and shooting in natural light enabled me to capture most of my images with perfect exposure. We will dive into the components around perfect exposure. Natural light lifestyle photography

PERFECT EXPOSURE

Your exposure settings should be dialed in thoughtfully for the low light conditions that may be presented to you while shooting indoors.
1. ISO
ISO is probably the first setting I would look at on my camera. In my opinion, the lower the ISO number, the better in terms of how much I would have to do in post. Consider starting with an ISO of at least 100 indoors. This can be adjusted as you look into your other settings.
2. Aperture
If possible, open up your aperture as wide as possible. I find that f1.4/1.8 works really well when I am shooting portraits and working one-on-one with a client. You could bump it up to f2.8 if you are shooting with two people, and adjust accordingly.
3. Shutter speed
This setting may be the last one I look at depending on what tweaks need to be made and my other settings. Just remember that if you are looking to capture action, you will want to bump up the shutter speed. If you taking more still images, you can also consider using a tripod.

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FORM OF NATURAL LIGHT INDOORS

Have you ever wondered why some photographers like to shoot during a cloudy day or when there is an overcast? You can achieve that same look when you're shooting indoors. You can have diffused light coming through a window, but not shining directly in. This will give you a gorgeous, soft and airy finish. Even though natural light does a lot of the work for you, you will still want to try out different options to achieve your perfect image. Natural light indoor photography

LIGHTING IS PERFECT, NOW WHAT?

Let's say, you have perfect exposure and the light is exactly how you want it. What would you do next? Pay attention to your composition and ensure it is the background that you want. Framing is just as important when it comes to your overall image. Once you've taken these things things into consideration, you will be on your way to shooting beautiful images indoors while using natural light. Happy shooting!


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