Photography Tips: Shoot Indoors with Natural Light

Shoot Indoors with Natural Light: You want to take beautiful photos indoors, but you don’t have studio lamps. That can be quite difficult. We give you tips to take beautiful photos indoors with natural light. Without proper lighting, you can experience hard shadows or weird skin tones on your model. Don’t get frustrated, with these tips you can take beautiful photos indoors.

Tips 1: Get to know the light

Photography Tips: Shoot Indoors with Natural Light
Photo by Antonie De La Roquelle

The light enters your house through the windows and doors. A lot with bright sunshine and less light on a gloomy day. Make sure you know at what time of the day and where the light comes in the best. Early in the morning and around sunset, the light is much warmer than around noon. The different types of light all give a different effect to your photos.

Tips 2: Turn off your lights

Natural light does not like competition. Electric lighting can disturb your white balance because the lamps often have a different shade. This can give your model’s skin color a weird hue. So turn off all the artificial light.

Tips 3: Shoot with a wide aperture

You want to have as much light in your camera as possible, so use a large aperture (small f-number). This will make your subject sharp and give you a nice blurred background. In portraits, use f / 5 or f / 6 to get the whole face in focus. Focus on your model’s eyes.

Tips 4: Change your white balance

To ensure that your camera displays the colors correctly, you have to change your white balance when photographing indoors. You can change the white balance from ‘automatic’ to ‘daylight’ via the menu if you want to reproduce the skin tones realistically. For warmer colors, set the white balance to ‘cloudy’. Try both modes and see what the difference in color is.

Tips 5: Use a light background

With a white sheet and some tools you can easily create a white background, eg near the window. The sheet will reflect the light back to your subject. With a box, in which you drape a white sheet, you can even make a light box , giving you even more control over the direction of the light.

Tips 6: Use a reflector

For little money you can buy a (folding) reflector, which reflects existing light back onto your model in a natural way. With the white background of the sheet you catch even more light.

Tips 7: Place the subject close to the window

This actually speaks for itself. Place your model as close to natural light as possible. Try various poses and distances to see what the effect is. If the light is too bright, creating harsh shadows, close the net curtains or hang something in front of the window to make the light diffuse.

Tips 8: Photograph specular objects

The light from outside does wonderful things with glass objects or even drops on the window. The reflections are fun to capture and different every time. Experiment with this!

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