Ok, as promised, here are some of the photography tips I learned at Blissdom… Are you ready??
For better indoor photos:
1. NEVER use the on-camera flash… NEVER!
(unless, possibly, you use a Light Scoop or diffuser… I don’t have one so I can’t speak to that).
2. Find the light.
There is always some light in a room. Find it.
Then make sure the light is falling on your subject… this might require you to move your subject or for you to move… Use your feet (you’ll hear this over and over again).
3. Lower your Aperture... the lower the aperture number, the more light the lens takes in. Most of the women teaching the class use an aperture (fstop) of 2.8 for their indoor shooting.
If your camera only goes down to an fstop of 4.0 you can “cheat the system” by zooming your lens closer to your object and walking back to get your subject in frame (Use your feet).
(fyi… I don’t remember the proper term when you zoom to make the object closer in appearance… does anyone know if it’s “zooming out” or “zooming in?”)
And, if you want to get a lower aperture, consider buying a 50 prime lens… it’s $100 and has an f-stop of 1.8 (I heard it called a “low light lens”).
4. Use a higher ISO (try 400, 800, 1600, or even 3200 if your camera offers it… take a few shots in each setting to see which works best for your lighting situation).
The higher the ISO the more grainy your photo will be, but if your camera takes large photos (8+ megapixels) you can resize your image and take away a lot of the noise (grain).
5. If you have photo editing software that allows you to process RAW files, by all means shoot in RAW mode… you can do amazing things in Adobe Photoshop to change the light and exposure!
6. If you want to know how most of the “pros” in the class shoot indoors, the resounding answer was…
Aperture Mode (AV on a Canon and A on a Nikon)
But, if you’re shooting stock photography, it’s a little different story… (I’ll get into that soon!).
Btw, I found a GREAT site that got me interested in actually moving away from auto mode…
Brooke at BrookeMcGlothlin.com got a nice DSLR for Christmas and is journaling (journalling?) all that she learns along the way. And, funny enough, her inspiration for taking photos came from reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp – the same book I’m giving away to one fortunate reader this week! (click here to enter)