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Capturing Fantastic Indoor Portraits Away From The Studio

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When most people think of capturing portraits inside, the first thing they think of is the studio setup using expensive lighting. However you have no need for this sort of set up to produce good indoor portrait photographs. Here are several methods for you to do a good job without needing expensive lights.

Tip 1 - Black Background

Employing a heavy black background is a fantastic method to take advantage of whatever light you're working with. So some kind of large black cloth works well for this and you want to have the lighting tilted in a manner that it's aimed slightly down and to one side of your subject, resulting in a fairly professional looking portrait photo effect.

Tip 2 - Shutter Speed

By setting your camera's shutter speed somewhat higher than you'd normally use, it is possible to fully utilize the available light. You may need to mess around with this to determine the best setting for your current scenario.

Tip 3 - Testing

When operating inside it is best to test out various settings and placements for your lighting, subject, backdrops, shooting position and camera configuration settings.

Once you have done this testing you will know what the optimum setup is and you will be ready to get straight into your work.

Tip 4 - Reflect Light

Some types of light come across a little severe when captured in a photograph, so rather than having the light pointed right at your client what you do is bounce the lighting off some type of white surface and on your subject. This will soften the light and create a stunning image.

Tip 5 - Practice

The more practical experience you have with shooting portraits inside, the more competent you will be to assess new shooting locations, and you'll be able to rapidly call on your practical experience and utilize whatever you've got available to you to capture amazing pictures.

Capturing indoor portraits away from your working studio often demands some quick thinking, but the more practice you've got with this kind of photography, the better you can formulate solutions to issues.

And like every other sort of photography, the type of equipment you make use of will play a small part, so having a camera available which you're at ease using for these kind of photography jobs is an advantage.

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