Wednesday, 20 June 2012

How to Shoot In-door. Part 1

We know the best way to shoot in-door is without flash. Because the flash in our camera will wash away all the details in our subject with white bright light and will create a black darken effect behind them. But taking picture In-door without a flash is challenging. The technical reason is because the available light is not enough for our camera to see properly, as the result our picture will become too dark or blurry. There are ways to solve these issues. And it depend on the type of camera that you have. The non-interchangeable lens camera (mostly compacts, but not always) and the interchangeable lens camera (mostly DSLR, but not always) have different ways to deal with this. 

Today we will talk about the non-interchangeable lens camera first. If you own one of this, please see the lens of your camera, what is the smallest f (or aperture) that your camera can go. You can find this in front of the lens, usually there are numbers something like 1:2 or 1:3.5-5.6. If it not in front of your lens, please check it in your camera manual book. 

The number after the 1: is your f. So if it is a 1:3.5-5.6, that mean the smallest f that your camera can go is 3.5 to 5.6, depends on the zoom that you using. The smaller the f number, the larger the diaphragm (or I like to call it door, because is just like a door that can open and close) of your lens can open. The larger the door can open the more light for your camera to see. More light for your camera to see means it will create better images. 

Anything from f2 to below is consider small. Anything above f2 is to big to create good image in-door without flash. So, if your lens can go to f2 or smaller. There you go, use it, use the f2 or smaller if you shoot in-door without flash and enjoy the better image quality.

If your lens cannot go to f2, I want you to look at another thing. Please see if your camera have a hot-shoe mount on top. Hot-shoe mount is a place to attach an external flash into your camera. If you camera have it, go get your self an external flash. Just make sure that the flash head can be rotate and can be point at the ceiling. Yes it is using the flash, but this is different kind of flash. 

Instead of pointing the flash directly to our subject like what the build-in flash in our camera normally do. This time by using the external flash we point the flash head to the celling. By doing this the external flash will lighten up our subject and the surrounding with the right amount of light. Your subject will not be wash with white bright light and the background will not be darken. All will be properly exposed and you will get better images as the result. 

If you camera and their lens cannot do all the above then whats next? The best way that you can do if it is possible, is try to move your subject to a better lighted area of the room, maybe somewhere near the ambient light source. And hope for the best. Sorry this is the truth, nothing else much that you can do really.

There are few non-interchangeable lens camera that have the small f lens and hot-shoe mount. If you need help in finding the right one for you please contact us, we have what we call a Photography Guide a personalize service design to help you with your photography need.

You can see the Part 2 here.