The second common problem with indoor photography is that they are too dark (underexposed).  Indoor photography requires just as much as daylight conditions.
Indoor photography challenges us to seek out alternate means of lighting so that we can get our indoor photography sharp and clear.
With only an overhead light, how can good indoor photography be achieved for domestic shots such as this photo? We can see that the light is pretty much everywhere in this photo with the exeption of less light towards the edge of the photo.
Using the flash can be a helpful strategy for indoor photography as well as night sports photography.
This is not always possible for night sports photography as it is for standard indoor photography for a number of reasons. Improvement of your indoor photography is assured if you follow these indoor photography tips and don’t forget to have lots of fun! Amy, how come I do have loads of light but whenever I try and photograph my cat Minxie, (who sits very still), the photos are never sharp, they are always blurry. Very helpful, I’ve always been having trouble getting the lighting right when I’m shooting portraits indoors. Perfect timing on this article, as I have an in-home portrait session with a client this coming weekend, and we intend to use ambient light only. This was also perfect timing for me as well as I just had a friend ask me about getting some portraits and I have no lighting setup, I am sure the info here will come in handy. It was not pointed out, that especially in todays cameras, there are many pre-sets, such as indoor, candle light, etc.
Thanks Dornie, the reason I don’t point every single thing out in an article is so that people can learn one thing at a time. Very interesting Any, I do not these days try indoor photography though reading the above really inspires me ha, long ago when using the old Canon way back I used to do a lot but these days being I suppose old at 84 (!) I have not been so keen taking no photos outside at all this year. You can always bounce the flash off the ceiling or wall to get a better light temperature and better lighting. Many people believe that for taking great portrait shots, you need a load of expensive photography equipment to get the job done successfully, but that just isn’t the case today. Generally, digital cameras come with an automatic flash setting, but that doesn’t mean using it will always produce optimum results. On the other hand you’re indoors and you really need to prove your digital skills, then you could just try turning off the flash, as 9 times out of 10, using the flash indoors can result in unnatural skin color and harsh glare in your photos. Reflectors are used for bouncing light onto your portrait, and most photographers tend to make use of walls, ceilings and even entire rooms. As we’ve now ventured outdoors, we need to begin to understand how light works on portraits, and a simple Triangle formula holds the key. Anyway, before we get out of our depth, let’s see how to control our flash unit, so first off, we need to have some relative readings, which in most cases tend to remain pretty fixed, meaning that the strobe will react the same each and every time. So, just to conclude this portrait photography tutorial, you know, one of the great hidden features found on digital cameras is the fill flash or flash on mode. So in a nutshell, when the camera’s in flash-on mode, it will expose first for the background and then just adds enough flash to illuminate your portrait subject, and producing professional-looking pictures with perfect composition. Another great technique is to place your portrait model in the shade, for example under a tree.
I’d like to thank Dan publicly for allowing me to post my photography tips on his great blog:)And also take this opportunity to offer my writing services to any other photography site in need of regular quality content regarding all aspects of photography (from beginner to advanced levels)- Hope you all enjoyed the portrait photography tips shared in this article!
Light trail photography involves capturing long exposure photos of moving lights, usually cars moving along a road at night.
A good time for capturing light trail photos is around 5-6pm in the autumn or early Spring.
I suggest Autumn and early Spring as a good time for light trail photography as this will allow you to shoot busy traffic at twilight. For tripping the camera's shutter, either use the camera's self timer function, or invest in a remote shutter release. If you're photographing cars going along a country road, you'll likely need quite a long shutter speed. Your camera's autofocus probably won't work too well at night, especially when you are focusing on a stream of moving traffic. If your camera has a manual focus mode, then use that, and manually focus the lens to the approximate distance of the traffic from where you're shooting.
If you are using a compact camera with no manual focus, then you will probably need to pre-focus. Some compact cameras do not allow manual focusing, but do allow setting autofocus to a button other than the shutter button. To add some more interest to your light trail photography, try getting down quite low with the camera.
Shooting from a bridge allows you to get a good view of a busy road without any danger to yourself. Remember at night it can get cold quite quickly, so make sure you have enough clothing to keep warm.
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO TAKE PHOTOS like those that appear in National Wildlife and other nature magazines? The camera has a 5 axis, 5 stops CIPA rated in camera stabilizer which means you can use it with any lenses attached to the camera.
The camera Astro tracer mode which uses the in built GPS modul to compensate star trails in long exposure.
Pentax SAFOX 12 AF autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 33 focus points (including 25 cross-type sensors).
The camera has 33 autofocus points totally, out of which 25 all cross-type autofocus sensors.
The buttons are properly placed, each function is easily accessed, the camera has a premium feel. The camera has No built in flash unit, but there is a possibility to connect external flashes as well. There is no information about the shutter lifespan, usually 150,000 actuations or more for such cameras are the designed level, but no warranty on that one. The camera can make 4.5 frames per second in burst mode in Full resolution, in Dx mode 6 frames. The camera has a live view feature, which means a camera can be used with the back LCD in the same manner, as we would use a compact camera.
The camera has plenty of scene modes to choose from: Night, landscape, portrait, snow, sport, beach high key, low key.
According to Pentax the camera can be used between -10 and 40 degree Celsius or (14 104 Fahrenheit). The price of the new Pentax K-1 is 1899 USD which is quite competitive, say only the 36.2 MP sensor in it.
Why do some indoor photography images look as if they’ve been shot in a ten million dollar studio, and others turn out as if a two year old has taken them? Usually when intelligent, yet inexperienced, digital photography enthusiasts partake in indoor photography, two things happen. It can be very difficult to replicate day light conditions when doing your indoor photography, because we may not have access to the lighting that’s needed.
To understand why indoor photography can produce good results, we first need to examine what’s in this photo.
The soft, directional light, coming from her right seems to light everything up so clearly.


As the camera see’s only about half of what we do, there would have been much more lighting in this photo that what we can detect on first glance. Lamps, overhead lighting and reflectors are useful tools when getting indoor photography images perfectly exposed.
So many times we can hope to shoot sporting events at night, only to find the very same disappointments. The flash can provide lighting conditions to that of daylight and can be highly effective in getting sharp photos. The players may be too far away for the flash to reach, you may not be allowed to use the flash or perhaps you are not in the right position to get a good angle for a good shot. Get more lighting onto your scene to create some beautiful composed photos with perfect exposure.
She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. One I took was a good freind in my room here and I do not like flash so used the highest ISO of 1600 on my Pentax and the photo really looks great.
I will be shooting some graduation party pictures at a hall and I’m worried about lighting.
Just remember to stand at just the right distance away to get a good exposure on your people.
So to avoid this, the majority professional photographers would use an external flash, which is mounted on top of the digital camera or a tripod if you use one. The solution though to get the lighting correct when shooting portraits indoors, is by using light modifiers, and there are two types… diffusers and reflectors.
In effect, the light will not come from one concentrated source (like a spotlight), but rather will spread out, bounce from reflective ceilings and walls, thus getting rid of harsh light, and hard shadows. So look around you when facing problems with appropriate lighting while shooting indoors, and if shooting portraits outdoors a great technique is to use walls to reflect sunlight back onto your subject, and so reducing shadows. But before that, the first step is to take some quick practice portrait shots, just so you can see how the light reacts before you add some of your own.
Try keeping the strobe at the angle of the portrait’s face… Still renders well from camera, but prevents shadows from appearing on the face.
We can use this consistency to our advantage, and you’ll soon see just how the flash does with those fixed settings.
You just need to be able to have control of the flash to make sure it goes on just when you want it to, and not when the camera deems it appropriate. Most wedding photographers tend to do this, and when you get the hang of it and try it outdoors, have a go at positioning your portrait subjects so the sun illuminates their hair from the side or from behind, and this technique is known as rim lighting.
Then use the flash to illuminate your subject, keeping your model comfortable and composed, and will also help them to avoid squinting their eyes from the harsh sunlight. Most people are repelled from doing amateur photography because they can’t purchase expensive equipment but this post shows you can do it even without spending big.
As the cars move across the frame, the bright headlights (and rear lights) create a long streak. At 5-6pm most people are traveling home from work, making it easier to get photos with lots of light trails. It could be that during rush hour the traffic slows to a snail's pace (no good for light trail photography), in which case you'd probably be better off coming back a bit later. Shooting at twilight will allow more ambient light into the shot, giving more color in the sky and revealing more detail in the surrounding landscape.
This way the camera does not receive the vibration caused by taking your finger away from the shutter button during the exposure. The longer shutter speed compensates for for the lack of street lighting, slower speed of cars, and lower number of cars using the road.
You don't want to press the shutter only to find that the camera tries to autofocus the lens without success. You don't need to get the focus dead-on since you should be using a small aperture, which gives a large depth of field. Point the camera (while mounted on the tripod) at something reasonably well lit that is about the same distance away as the traffic you're photographing.
With the shutter button still half depressed, re-compose your original shot and then fully depress the button to take the shot. In this case, you can point the camera at the lamppost (or whatever), and press the focus button to focus. You'll notice quite a few of the example photos in this post were shot from bridges going over a busy road.
Make sure you use a tripod to secure your camera though, don't just rest the camera on the edge of the bridge railing where it could easily be blown off.
Standing still next to a tripod you will feel much colder than you do when walking round carrying the tripod. Your backyard is a great place to get started, especially if you’re interested in birds. The best camera for bird photography is a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) body with interchangeable lenses. Backyard photography offers a great way to get outside and enjoy your habitat’s resident birds.
She and her husband, Richard Day, own Daybreak Imagery and take many of their photos on their 63-acre property.
No other FF cameras has this in-camera stabilizer, other manufacturers like to charge extra for their stabilized lenses. The camera also has a super resolution mode which combines multiple frames to have the best possible resolution of the final image. Most Pentax lenses can be used with the camera, most of them in Dx mode, there are few new lenses, but in the future the goal I think to sell many lenses.
The camera automatically select crop mode with Dx lenses, but can be used them in FX mode as well. Most entry level cameras (like Nikon d3xxx and Nikon d3xxx cameras) only usually has one dial. The photographer has either placed her near a window with natural light, or used a softening light to the right.
Movement can be anything from a group of men playing poker at a table indoors, or indoor sports at night.
Because indoor photography requires loads of light there would have been much more light around the men and their table than we can see. In this photo, many of these tools would have been used so that the shutter could move fast in order to capture the sharpness and motion.
In this case, we can’t use extra lamps or reflectors to increase the light on our indoor subject. If you have never used the manual setting before, then keep reading the articles on this website that shows you how to do it. Then you will see how much fun indoor photography can really be, your indoor photos will change and so will your clarity, depth and sharpness. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time. I am wondering whether you would like to see it, I could send a copy though of cause my email is very poor might have to reduce the quality a bit. A lot of the indoor photos that I take (with natural lighting) are starting to have blurry spots. You can get a good quality external flash for under $100, so if you need one, just shop around online.


So if you’re just beginning to take your first portrait pics here is how I would start off. This is particularly useful for portrait photographers, since harsh light and hard shadows are usually not considered flattering in a portrait. So, if you know what the strobe output is at specific distances, then it soon becomes apparent. The main benefit of this of course is that you can relax, and move around a lot quicker, which really helps to get your portrait subject a lot more concentrated and receptive. Just by doing this, you’ll have taken an important step towards capturing great outdoor portrait pictures.
Because the cars themselves are not well lit, and move across the frame, they do not appear in the final image, just the trails left by their lights. But in most cases, you will probably want a tripod to allowing positioning the camera as you want while keeping it secure and steady. You will probably need to repeat this procedure for each shot you take as the autofocus will always kick in when the shutter button is half-depressed.
Recompose your original shot, then so long as you don't press the focus button again, focus will be locked at the correct distance for all subsequent shots. But if you have a street light above you, it could cause lens flare that can be prevented by use of a lens hood. The product will still cost you the same as if you went direct, and the commission helps pay for running this site.
High-quality bird photography requires good equipment, skill, patience, some knowledge of avian natural history and many long hours of practice. A telephoto lens, such as an 80-to-200mm zoom or 100-to-300mm zoom, should work when you’re starting out. A blind can be anything from a curtain in an open window to an elaborate structure produced specifically for wildlife photography. Select a spot where the sun is behind you, with an uncluttered background, or near a window if a curtain is what you plan to use as a blind.
Move your feeders close to those plants and wait for the birds to sit on limbs for photographs. Because we subconsciously make eye contact with wildlife, even in photos, the bird’s eye should be in focus. Some subjects, such as a woodpecker on a snag, are naturally vertical shots, while a cardinal on a dogwood branch looks better horizontal.
In an age when all photo websites most popular phrase is mirrorless it is a bold move from Pentax. Some reviews compare it to Middle format sensors and conclude this sensor is very good even against middle format sensors. Many times we compose the shot and believe that we have adequate lighting to light up our scene. This presents a challenge because the whole purpose to sports photography is to capture the action. For instance if she moves her arm quickly or turns around-those parts of the photo will be blurry. Make sure the speedlite is at just the right intensity for the photo and use redeye removal in Photoshop later if need be.
A diffusion filter is used in front of a camera lens to soften the image of the scene being shot. This will give you an image with long light trails, but without the image turning out too bright.
Position feeders so they’re level with the height of your lens to avoid shooting up or down at the birds.
When making images of birds on branches or in trees, avoid putting the animal in the center of the frame. The new camera has many interesting features, seems Pentax puts everything in this camera which he can. However, what is happening in reality is that the shutter slows down to compensate for the low lighting conditions. In this indoor photo we can see there there is a gentle, sudued light to the woman’s right. The party is at night and has ceiling lights and I’m sure lights will be turned down for dancing. It’s sometimes a good idea to turn on the flash to light up the subject, especially when he or she are positioned in a shady location.
The streaks created by these can be colorful, and contrast against the red and white streaks created by car lights. An added benefit: As an extension of bird-watching, photographing birds in your yard provides another way to enjoy your wildlife habitat. Whatever camera you choose, make sure to purchase a tripod to prevent camera movement for sharp, in-focus images. If possible, set up the blind in the store and pay attention to how the ports open to see if they’re the right height for your tripod and whether your equipment will fit properly. Another option is to place perches made of branches or other natural material near your feeders and water features. As movement occurs on the scene, the movement is blurred and out indoor photography images look like dark streaks in a basement. Not only does she seem to be well lit from the right, but there is also light coming from the left. Some pros make their own blinds using a plumbing-pipe frame covered with fabric sewn to fit. Placing feeders near evergreen shrubs or trees will create a more natural-looking background than a house or driveway. We can see that because if there weren’t, her left side would almost be in total darkness. Whatever blind you go with, it helps to put it out a day or two before you start to take photos so the birds can get used to it. Practice photographing birds on feeders and in birdbaths until you master proper exposure and can focus quickly on small, moving subjects.
Chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers, for example, take seeds to perches to eat them, and many bird species preen on branches after bathing. Look around the edge of your viewfinder to make sure you’re not cutting off any tails or feet and check for distracting items such as poles, buildings or lawn furniture in the background.
I try not to have my ISO too high as I don’t want it to affect the quality of the photo.Am I headed int he right direction here?
If birds don’t return to the area within 30 minutes after you arrive, move farther away. Use a zoom lens to compose a diversity of shots, both close-ups and photos showing a bird’s behavior and habitat. The best times of day to take photos are early morning and late afternoon when the light is not as harsh and birds are most active.



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