Be sure to check out the giveaway that Adrianne and I are sharing over at Happy Hour Projects. This week I made a pearl and lace necklace to give away at her place and next week, Adrianne will share her talents over here. Stay tuned.
I think that many bloggers find themselves finishing up their creative projects well after the sun goes down. Natural light has been in bed for several hours and our photos turn out crappy. Too yellow, too dark, too fuzzy. (or is that just me?)
And then, there's the dreaded flash photo. Red eye or just plain over exposed, ugly.
|f/4.9, 1/8, 800ISO (this one could have used white balance adjustment!)|
With Christmas right around the corner (sorry, it's true), it is even more important for us all to learn how to take better shots. So, how to take better photos then?
A couple of things you can do easily:
- Increase your ISO. I go as high as 1600ISO if it's dark out and I'm in my office which has the worst light ever.
- Use a tripod. If your shutter speed has to get really low, your hand will likely shake the camera so you need a tripod to be steady. Sometimes you can get away with setting the camera on a hard, steady surface (like a table) and shooting that way.
- Bring in other light sources. Flashlights, desk lamps, standing lamps, whatever you've got, bring it close to what you're trying to photograph and check for bad shadows before you snap that photo.
- Use a light box. These things are awesome for reflecting and adding some light. I have an easy tutorial, but photography sites have more complicated versions as - well that you can make.
- Set your white balance. (more on this in two weeks). You need to know what type of light you're shooting in, and then set your white balance accordingly.
- Increase your exposure compensation. This can make your photos appear brighter. (more on this next week).
Here is a much nicer shot - crisp and bright, with good colour:
|f/5, 1/50, 1600ISO|
These tips are a good start to taking better indoor photos. I hope you have some success with them. If you have any specific questions about indoor shooting (or anything else), please don't hesitate to ask me. I'll see if I can find an answer.
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