Image by Peter Bargh
If the weather's not great and you're stuck for ideas to shoot, why not have a go at some of the following indoor projects?
- Still life photography is something that pretty much anyone can have a go at. Find a selection of objects that sit well together, and place them in a configuration that looks pleasing to the eye. Take your time, get creative and move objects around until they look just right. A plain background will work well for this, so setting up against a plain wall or using a sheet or large piece of card for the backdrop will work well. Use a tripod to frame your shot perfectly and experiment with lighting - sometimes one light is all that's needed. In low light, the new OM-D E-M10
is a great performer, with in-body 3-axis stabilisation for crisp clear images.
- Indoor portraiture has its pros, there is no wind to blow the hair of the model around and you don't have to wait for a break in the weather to be able to get good looking shots of your subject.
Window light portraits are a good way to begin with portrait photography, but natural light can be harsh so consider using a reflector - a piece of foil wrapped around some card will work fine. Consider the positioning of your subject - having them sideways on the window often works well. Take into account the position of the sun in the frame - if it's glaring straight through the window onto your subject it may create exposure issues.
Portraiture can also be taken indoors using lamps in a studio setup. If you don't have studio equipment don't worry; try getting someone to hold a white sheet in front of a household lamp and positioning this so that it creates a flattering shadow on the model. Take your time, experiment, and see what you can come up with.
- Shooting abstract photos is something that there is plenty of opportunity for in the home. Close-ups of anything from patterns on furniture, ornaments, even kitchen implements can make engaging and interesting images. If the weather's bad, you could always have a go at shooting the rain drops running down the windows.
Why not have a go at some food photography before you eat? Make sure your present the food well, and experiment with angles, as looking straight down onto the plate won't always be the best angle. Choose your lighting well and if you can, photograph next to a window using natural light.