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Ultimate Guide To Indoor Photography

Ultimate Guide To Indoor Photography  - Here, we compile a list of must have items for indoor photography shoots as well as some great subject ideas and techniques for right here on ePz.

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Indoor photography is ideal to have a go at on a rainy day, to protect you and your camera from the elements, or if you're housebound for the day. Indoor photography also provides you with an ambient space to have a go at shooting some portraits without worrying about the wind, and photograph trinkets and still life images in the comfort of your own home.

Here, we've compiled a list of the different types of indoor photography, and some equipment that you will find really useful for your indoor shooting. We've also compiled some of our best indoor photography techniques as well as ideas of things to shoot and brilliant examples from members here at ePz. 

Techniques to learn from

indoor flower photography

ePHOTOzine has a wealth of techniques on indoor photography including:

 

Subjects to photograph

food

The world of indoor photography really is your oyster when thinging about indoor photography. Think about detail, and how ordinary things can be made to seem extra ordinary. Whether you choose to photograph things in situ or create your own still life display, getting in close can often make an image pop more because often, we find it difficult to create a plain or unclutteres background inside. Of course, this can be remedied by purchasing some of the great products listed below to make your own plain backgrounds no matter where you are. 

A fantastic place to start when tinking about subjects to shoot indoors is our article: 52 things you can photograph at home. After taking a look at that, you'll surely be brimming with ideas.  

 

Products for different types of indoor photography


Macro

Macro is a fab genre to have a go at indoors because it involves shooting objects close-up, and you don't need a load of space to be able to do it. It also means that the background of the shot is less of a problem - shooting against a matt wall or downwards onto the table will create a uniform background. 

Tabletop tripod

Joby gorillapod

If you're shooting close up subjects, then having a tripod to stabilise the images is a good idea. The Joby Gorillapod is a versatile option, and there are now models that can support DSLR sized cameras, too. This will also give your the freedom to tweak your still life scene without moving your camera setup.

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Reflectors

Reflectors

Reflectors will help you to get even light coverage on your subject if you're using natural light from a window. Place the reflector opposite the light source to help get rid of any unwanted shadowing caused by directional harsh light. You can get white, silver and gold reflectors - each one will create a different temperature of light. It might be worth considering investing in a multi-pack to give you a variety of light temperatures. 

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Diffuser 

diffuser sheet

A diffuser will help to make harsh window light softer when placed over the window. It can help to reduce harsh shadows and create an even light. You can also use a thin muslin sheet to create the same effect. Diffuser sheets can be bought in yards for your convenience.

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Flash

Neewer flashgun

A flash gun will enable you to provide fill light to an image where a reflector is not strong enough. A little research will be needed to find one compatible with your camera model. Third party brands can be picked up for a good price that are compatible with most of the big brands. 

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Flash Diffuser

flash diffuser

Adding a diffuser to your flash will make it less harsh and stop it reflecting off of your subject if it's made of a shiny material. They are basically little tents that fit over the head of the flash and can be picked up for a very reasonable price.

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Macro lenses

Tamron macro lens

A dedicated macro lens if you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera will be ideal for a nicely blurred background to make your subject stand out. These lenses don't have to break the bank, with quality third party brands available for around £100 - £400 for Canon and Nikon mounts. Want to know which is the best of the bunch? Check out our best macro lenses article.

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Abstracts

Abstract photography could be simply looking at an object from a different angle, or shooting an element of a larger object to create interest. To capture textures in objects, the accessory below would be a great addition to your collection. 

Lightbox 

Lightbox

A lightbox is a great piece of kit, especially if you are photographing translucent objects or objects with interesting structures that can't be seen clearly by the naked eye, such as leaves. Ultra-slim 'pad' style devices can now be purchased, which are easy to stow away and can be used for a variety of applications. 

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Portraits

Some of the products listed for macro images will also be useful here, for example, the flash gun and diffuser sheet. But there are also a few more items that are useful: 

 

Backgrounds

pop up backgorounds

It used to be the case that you'd need a massive rig to create a photography background. Now, though, there are pop-up backgrounds available with various scenes on that make it really easy to set up an enticing portrait. 

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Clips

photo background clips

If you already have backgrounds, or you want to create a make-shift one out of a white sheet, then you'll need clamps to hold it in place. They're great for creating a sturdy and reliable grip on the background while you shoot. 

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Portrait lens 

Nikon Nikkor

Portrait lenses are those that flatter the subject by having a focal length similar to what the eye sees. 30 - 100mm is seen as the ideal range. 50mm lenses with a wide aperture can be picked up for the big brands for under £200, making them an ideal addition to your kit.

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Not sure what to photographh? Take a look at our indoor photography ideas article to get some inspiration. 

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