Indoor photography is always a challenge and most Point and Shoot Camera users spend extra money and upgrades to DSLRs hoping to get better photos of indoor events. Often complaints we see is that the photo out of DSLR doesn’t look much better than the old Point and Shoot Camera.
“Well, it is not the problem with the camera always.”
If you are using DSLR in one of its automatic modes, basically you are using DSLR as a big point and shoot camera and in most cases the results will be similar to a Point and Shoot Camera.
” So what’s the solution ?”
Get out of the automatic modes and jump into one of the creative modes in your DSLR. Follow the steps described and I’m sure you will get the photograph of your liking.
- Put your camera onto M for manual mode (this is the setting on Canon’s, look for the similar setting for other models).
- Set your aperture to as largest possible (smallest f number) for your lens. It will be f3.5 for 18-135mm STM zoom lens when you are at 18mm.
- Set your shutter speed to a value close to your focal length. If you are using a 135mm lens choose 1/160. For a 50mm prime lens it would be 1/60 sec. As a rule of thumb you should never shoot lower than your focal distance while handheld. If your lens has Image Stabilization, put that ‘ON’, The switch to do this will usually be on the lens.
- Set the white balance to match the color of the major light hitting your subject.
- Keep ISO to the lowest possible, In most camera’s it will be ISO 100
- Take a test shot.
Image comes too dark ?
Camera is not finding enough light. Turn on your flash, set the white balance for flash, retake the shot. If you have an external flash, bounce it against the ceiling or a wall to get a softer light, do not point it directly at the subject.
If image is still dark, increase the ISO to 200 then 400 and so on until you get the correct exposure.
Image comes washed out or too bright?
Increase the shutter speed until you get the correct exposure. Or reduce the aperture opening (increase the f stop to a higher value). Or do a combination of both of the above until you get the desired result.
It will take few test shots to really get the desired result. Be patient. Once you got the correct setting for the lighting, you can reuse it for the remaining shots.
Happy Shooting !
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