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Photographing Excellent Indoor Portrait Photographs Away From The Studio

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When most people think about shooting portraits inside, the very first thing they think of is the photography studio setup using quality lighting. However you don't need this type of set up to capture good indoor photographs. Below are a few techniques to do a good job without the need for high end lights.

Tip 1 - Black Background

Using a black background is a good method to utilize whatever light you have. So some sort of thick black cloth works best for this and you want to have your light angled in a manner that it's shining somewhat down and also to one side of the subject, resulting in a fairly professional looking portrait photo effect.

Tip 2 - Shutter Speed

By fixing your camera's shutter speed a little higher than normal you can make full use of the light. You might want to mess around with this to determine the optimal setting for your current situation.

Tip 3 - Testing

When working indoors it's best if you experiment with a variety of configurations and positions for your lights, client, backdrops, camera position along with camera configurations.

Once you have carried out your testing you will know what the optimal setup is and you will be ready to jump straight into the shooting.

Tip 4 - Soften The Light

Some forms of lighting can be a little severe when used in a photograph, so as an alternative to having your light pointed straight at your client what you can do is bounce the light off some kind of white reflecting surface and at your client. This will soften the light and produce a beautiful portrait.

Tip 5 - Practice

The more expertise you've got with shooting portrait photographs inside, the more proficient you will be to appraise new shooting locations, and you'll be able to instantly use that practical experience and make use of whatever you have available to you to create amazing photographs.

Capturing portrait indoors and away from your studio often demands some improvisation, but the more practice you have with this kind of photo taking, the better you're able to come up with solutions to problems.

And like every other kind of photography, the type of equipment you use will play a small part, so having a camera available you are comfortable using for these type of photography jobs is an advantage.

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