Our 10 Best Indoor Tutorials To See You Through Self-Isolation

With the current advice being not to leave your home unless absolutely necessary, we've put together a list of our top indoor tutorials as well as some key things you might need to help combat the self-isolation blues.

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As most of the population should be spending as much time at home as they can for the time being, boredom is sure to set in at some point. If you're a key worker and still leaving the house for work, you'll want to get home, wash your hands and forget about your troubles for a little while.

If you're a photography enthusiast, or even if you only have an old compact or your mobile phone, photography can help you escape from reality for a couple of hours.

We know how important it is especially in the current climate, to take your mind off what's happening and focus on something to clear your mind. One of these things is completing an indoor photography project so to help you, we've gathered our best indoor photography projects so you can choose one a night, or maybe one a week depending on your schedule, to have a go at. 

We've also included some handy guides of kit you might need to make completing them a little easier - you should be able to order some of these items through online retailers.

Once you've completed these you might want to think about what DIY items you could create to widen your subject variety using everyday objects. 


 

For more tips on coping with the crisis, have a look at Quarantine: The Photographer's Guide To Occupying Your Time.

 

Indoor Close-Up Photography Tips

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This article looks at what conditions are best for close-up photos. You can use natural light, but it's best if this is either diffused, whether it's by clouds in the sky or a muslin sheet to give a more even and less harsh result. Shadows can sometimes work well, though, so do experiment. The article mentions a Pentax Macro lens - but if you don't use Pentax kit and need a macro option check out our Best Lenses for Macro Photography roundup.

You can use any of the trinkets you have around your house to experiment with this technique.

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How To Utilise Window Light For Indoor Portraits

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One of the most versatile subjects you can photograph from home is someone that you live with, or even yourself if you have a tripod setup. This article focuses on how you can position your subject and utilise natural window light to atmospheric effect. Things like the time of day you shoot and using a reflector will all play a part in how good your photo will turn out. 

You don't have to spend a lot to get your hands on a portrait lens as our Best Bugdet Portrait Lenses article proves.

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Indoor Flower Photography Advice

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ePHOTOzine member Cattyal put her mind to capturing intoor flowers and wrote this detailed article on the subject for us, from kit to lighting, she covers all the options. If you have access to a garden and it's safe to do so, you could gather some spring flowers to brighten up your home and give you a lovely subject for some still life or detailed abstract photos. 

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Indoor Projects For Bad Weather Days (Or when you're not allowed out!)

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This article was originally created to help with inspiration on a rainy day, but it amounts to the same thing - being stuck inside! From swatting up on techniques using photography books to photographing the fruit and veg in your fridge, you won't be short of ideas after you've read this article. 

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'Fun' Photography Ideas

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Getting creative is the name of the game when you can't get outdoors much, so here are some fab ideas to get you thinking out of the box with the things in your home. Whether you create a scene with the kid's toys, use household objects to make a fun diorama or have a go at creating silhouettes, here are sime images for inspiration. 

These images are all shot with a Tamron lens, but you can use any.

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Make A DIY Photo Studio

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Our friends over at COOPH make a wide range of photography related videos but here they're looking at how you can make a photo studio easily at home - handy for staying in! Have a watch to find out how it can be done. 

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More Indoor Projects To Have A Go At 

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From abstracts to still life and food, the ideas really are endless, and this article explores some of them in more detail.

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Top Macro Photography Tips & Techniques You Can Try At Home

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Macro is a great genre of photography to try at home - if you're short on space, all you need is a small table set up to create some wonderful abstract photos. This article is brimming with images and tips to inspire. 

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How To Take Good Product Shots At Home

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Break out your perfume bottles, that watch you only wear for best, or even a bottle or two of whisky! There are loads of items that you can take product shots of. By the end of quarantine you'll be taking product shots like a pro!

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10 Simple Photography Tricks You Can Try At Home

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This fun video from COOPH gives you 10 great ideas to try out, from using a magnifying glass to creating lens flare and faking backgrounds for images even if you can't leave your home. Check it out!

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