Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blogs for photogs // Photography help with indoor white balance

Tips for taking indoor photos
photo white balance tungsten window light help
Indoor shooting is definitely a challenge! Taking 10 extra seconds to position your subject and position yourself can really save you some time editing! Both of these photos are in the same room, same time of day, and same camera & lens. The small changes I made in this situation saved me lots of time editing and made for much more flattering pictures! Here are my tips:
  1. Use the natural light that is being diffused through the window and position yourself to use this light to your advantage
  2. Don't mess with multiple light sources (a mix of window & Tungsten or window & florescent) - turn the overhead light off!!!
  3. Pay attention to what is in the background. I make a point to ask the bridesmaids to help me tidy up the area where the bride is getting dressed. Makes for better photos! The same goes for anything you're photographing - do a quick scan to see if there is anything in the background. It will save you time editing later!
  4. Position your subjects! Even with a photojournalistic approach to photography, I think people appreciate great and flattering photos, which includes giving suggestions on where to stand during these getting ready shots. 

This shows you the layout of the room and where I was standing during each of the photos:

Turning the light off, cleaning up the area, and changing where I was standing helped these photos a ton! They required much less editing on the back end, and I know the composition will make the client happy. Here are a few edited shots from that scene:

Canon 5D mk 3, 50mm 1.2L lens, // f/2.5, 1/125 sec., ISO-2500, center focus, natural light
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