Indoor light

Indoor light

8 week online workshop
lesson 5
Indoor/low light

Indoor and low light is my specialty, and not by choice. With the cold winter and low light scenarios inside I spent much of the 21 day course battling the low light conditions I deal with every single time I pull my camera out right now. So this challenge was a bit of a review – thankfully cause the last few took some work! But I very very rarely use flash because I just don’t like how it looks in most photos, and I have an external flash that attaches to the camera but the batteries were dead so I didn’t use it for this activity.

The first photo is E snuggled up in a blanket. This was no flash with the window on the right side of the photo. I use this window EVERY TIME I need to take pictures because it faces the sun. Sometimes its too harsh though and I have to wait till a little later. The second photo was the same positioning but with my pop up flash on. The second was with the pop up flash but I backed away about 2 ft. The third photo was just for humor sake, no flash, same window light.

Photo 1 was ISO 1600, F4.5 SS 1/80
Photo 2 was ISO 400 f5.6 SS 1/80 with pop up flash (I wish I had tried lower ISO faster shutter speed instead)
Photo 3 was ISO 400 F5.6 SS 1/80 with pop up flash
Photo 4 was ISO 1600 F4.5 SS 1/80

no-flash flash flash-backed-away IMG_2893

27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. Hi, It’s great that you have a nice window to play with and you know how to use it. You are the queen of low light in this course so far.
    I’m with you on the use of flash, I’m not a fan either but it’s good to know how to use it if you have to. The one where you backed up a bit and used the flash is quite nice, the light is far less harsh than the closer one with the flash. The one with the boys is cute 🙂

  2. I really like the close up one, the colours are very natural looking – not too dark for an indoors/low light shot at all. It really is your specialty!

  3. The colours are lovely – you have a great eye for picking colours that contrast and complement at the same time! The boat race between the boys is gorgeous!

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