Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blogger Problem #6: Guide to Indoor Shooting

Top: Forever 21 | Skirt and Shoes: Zara | Watch: Swatch
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Lip Color in Rose Quartz

Because the rainy season has finally begun (actually, the country was already hit by 2 typhoons and its perenially raining in the afternoon. I don't have the time to take pictures in the morning when the sun is welcoming and the lighting is cooperating because I am always in a hurry to get to work. I only time in the afternoon after work but the weather does not permit outdoor shoots. So I am left with the option of shooting indoors. I have come to hate indoor shooting for many reasons: 1.) I can't find a decent background; 2.) the lighting is always difficult to play with; 3.) I can't see whether the pictures are blurred or not (unless I walk to my camera to check which I hate doing); and, 4.) it is difficult to play around with your poses. But because of the rain, I don't really have a choice.

I am no expert when it comes to shooting indoors because I am always left with unsatisfactory results. I don't know I haven't done any indoor shoot that has really satisfied my photography aesthetics. But shooting indoors for so long I have come to understand what qualities bloggers need in order to produce beautiful indoor shoots. There will be some equipment needed (which I don't have hence the mediocre results) and I believe that through these you can achieve the perfect indoor shoot worthy of a magazine spread.

1.) Lighting
Either you use natural lighting or artificial lighting. Whatever you choose lighting is one of the most important part of shooting indoors. You need a space where there is sufficient natural light or a space where you can plant your artificial lights. You need to make sure that the light bounces off in directions that will enhance yourself as it come out on the pictures. You also need to make sure that the subject is facing the light and not against it.

2.) Background
This is probably the most difficult for me because there is no empty wall where I live. Everything is fully decorated. I find that a nice, plain, white background works really well with indoor shoots. For one, it makes the pictures look neat and clean and two, it makes the pictures look like they came straight out of a magazine. But I guess decorated backgrounds can work well too. You just have to be creative with designing it and make it appear as part of the photos (I still prefer a white, plain background, though).

3.) De-clutter
In reference to no.2, make sure that there is no clutter around. A well decorated background can work well but make sure that it doesn't come across as clutter. The camera can sometimes tend to focuse on the clutter around you (just like how my camera works) leaving you looking blurred.

4.) Tripod
This is very important if you don't want your pictures to come out tilted. This has always been my problem when I used to use my shoe boxes as tripod for my camera. I know there is the "straighten" feature in picture editing softwares but I don't really like using them as they sometimes destroy the quality of final picture. A tripod can also ensure that the camera is not shaking or moving so pictures will come out sharp and focused. A tripod can also give you lots of angle options to shoot (up, down, level, etc.)

Shooting indoors is still a challenge for me and I don't think I will ever get used to it. I love shooting outdoors because I love to blend with nature. But as it is not permissible at the moment, I have to deal with shooting indoors. I need to buy a c-stand.


  1. Wow...it look super amazing...thx for sharing honey...:-)

  2. Let's hope the rain will stop soon. Great outfit :)

    Have a great day,

  3. It still looks great! Thanks for sharing your tips! I really need to get at tripod. I was wondering, do you take your own photos or do you get someone to help you out?

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

  4. Thank you! I try but I still don't get the shots that I really want when I shoot indoors. Yes, a tripod really helps to get a nice angle for your shots. I take my own photos when I shoot indoors but when I shoot outdoors either my friend or my boyfriend takes them. For my travel photos a friend or my mom/dad takes them for me.

  5. Yes, but I don't think it will end soon. It's the rainy season.