Top 3 Indoor Photo Tips

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Spring is around the corner but, at least here in NYC, we have a few more weeks of cold weather yet.

However, while it is much easier to get good photos outside, that doesn’t have to stop you from getting creative indoors.

Last month I gave you my top 5 non-technical tips for indoor photos. Now let’s get technical!

Here are my top 3 photo tips for getting the most out of your DSLR for indoor photos.

iso camera1) Get out of auto

This doesn’t mean you have to shoot fully in manual. I recommend starting with Aperture Priority. This will allow you to crank your ISO up to the maximum if necessary, giving you better results indoors. If your DSLR is older, this might mean ISO 1600. Most newer DLSR will let you to ISO 3200 or 6400 or higher.

You’ll also want to open up your aperture so your camera doesn’t need as much light, which means a lower f-stop number. Your kit lens will probably go to f/4.5 or f/3.5.

See lesson 5 of the Photosanity Workshop or check out Stop Missing the Moment if you need more help learning how to do this.

2) Get a prime lens50 mm lens

As I mention above, your kit lens will open up to f/4.5 or f/3.5, but a prime lens could take you to f/1.8 or wider, giving you better low light capabilities.

It also means you can get a shallow depth of field, where your subject is in focus and the background is blurry.

I recommend the 50mm f/1.8 lens as the best lens the least amount of money can buy.


bounce flash3) Use a bounce card for your flash

If you do have to use flash, a bounce card will help make it less harsh by bouncing light onto your subject that is softer or more diffuse. Check out these before and after photos from Light Scoop to see the difference a bounce card can make.