Advice for Taking Photographs in Small Spaces
Like many people I’ve been trying to use the time we have spent in lockdown to learn new skills and to work on some areas of my business that would benefit from some extra attention, how I use Instagram is one area I’ve been looking at. I’ve been vaguely aware of Instagram reels but it took a challenge in a business group to push me way outside my comfort zone to create my first one. I couldn’t believe how long it took me to create a few seconds of video but hopefully next time I’ll be much quicker! I’ve realised that Instagram reels are a great way to share some quick photography tips and advice and I’ll also be using blog posts to expand on the subjects I’ve discussed in reels.
In my first reel I shared some advice on taking photographs in a small space. I’m sure I’m not alone in suddenly realising that I need to photograph something for my social media and finding that most of the house appears to be taken over by home-schooling. I don’t want to start clearing a space unless I need to use it for a few hours for a client shoot and I certainly don’t want the chaos of lockdown in the background. Read on for my advice on taking photos in a small space at home….
The most important thing to consider in any type of photography is the light. If you need to photograph something at home can you get outdoors with it? Even on a dull day the light outside is generally good enough. Most non-photographers think sunny days are great for photography but this really isn’t the case, if the sun is shining you will need to look for a shaded spot.
If you are shooting indoors have a look around for the best light, as you will see in the video you really can manage in a small space, so study the light coming through each of your windows. The light will vary from room to room depending on direction, time of day and whether there are buildings or trees that block the light. If you struggle for space near a window can you open a door for a few minutes and work in the doorway?
Next you need to think about the surface that acts as a background, if you have a wooden floor or table top they may work as your background, if not you can use paper, fabric, wallpaper samples or specially printed backdrops. Once you are all set up take a picture and look at the shadows, if they look dark and hard edged you will need to bounce a little light back into them, and I promise that’s not as complicated as it sounds! All you need is to add something white or reflective to the shaded side. If you don’t have any white card or paper any white fabric (such as a sheet) will work or you could even wrap a cereal box in tin foil.
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