How to Take Better Photographs For Beginners : Taking Creative Photographs Indoors

_S_Paulsen_Oct_2010_0009I missed my Wednesday post – somehow the day just slipped by… whoops! Well Thursday is a good day too – isn’t it? 😉

As I mentioned in my last photography post, I have a tendency to steer away from flash photography… It’s not that flashes are bad, on the contrary, they can be quite useful and even creative but my personal preference is to use natural light whenever I can. Although natural light can be a little scarce when it comes to doing indoor photography. Normally there  isn’t quite enough light inside to capture a clear well-lit picture. However, there is one spot (or two spots) in everyone’s house that have a decent amount of natural light… Wanna take a guess? Yep – that’s right – by the window, or a doorway or an outdoor opening of any kind.

So, whenever I’m taking pictures indoors I head for the windows (or door, or opening)!

Now – if you are a point and shooter you are gonna need to take out your camera manual (I know… the dreaded manual…) and learn how to shut off your flash. Should be a fairly simple step. When you are indoors, your camera will often automatically decide that you need your flash but for taking creative pics by windows it looks best if your flash is shut off.

The fun thing about window light is that it can be very dramatic and you can play with it creatively. The other bonus is that once your flash is off, you can just frame your shots and then point and shoot. Be sure to try lots of different angles. Have a peek at the pics below for some inspiration. 0016_Small 0017 Jola Skretting_Nov_10_0044 Lara_Merz_Jan_10_0012 Williams_2013_0012_S_Paulsen_Oct_2010_0001

How To Take Better Photographs: Beginner Tips For Full Sun Photography #1

In my last post, The Most Essential and Practical Tip For Point and Shoot Photographers, I warned you to stay out of the sun! And I stick by this advice because using bright even shade or taking photos on a bright overcast day can dramatically improve the lighting quality of your photographs. (Check back to my previous post to learn more.)

However, there are days when shade is scarce and you just can’t get out of sun… Or you really want to use the sun to your advantage and create certain photographic effects like; silhouettes or warm backlighting. Often times taking well lit photographs in full sun requires a basic knowledge of your camera’s settings but, today I’m going to keep it very simple. No camera manual required just yet (all you point and shooters out there can breathe easy). 😉  We’re starting off with SILHOUETTES!

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Silhouettes can be super creative and require very little effort. It’s a matter of framing your shot, making sure the sun or light source is fully behind your subject and then point and shoot! Yep, that’s right, your camera will automatically choose the correct setting as long as your subject is fully backlit. By ‘backlit’ I mean that, almost the entire area behind your subject is bright with light or sunshine.

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Easy peasy, right?! This means even YOU can pull off a silhouette!

I’ll be back next Wednesday with more full sun tips. If you feel inspired by this post and get a chance to try out a silhouette please share it with me!!! 🙂