Scrambling With Indoor Light

Scrambling With Indoor Light

Moments That Matter: lesson 4: topic 5: low light and indoor

Indoor light has long been a complete weak area for me. So whilst the pics I’m submitting might have weak areas still for me they are a 200% improvement, seriously.
I spent quite alot of time (and many photos) trying to discover the best settings in manual mode for indoor photos, still a long way from nailing it but understanding a lot more.
Took your advice and discovered that some rooms indeed in my house are far better for lighting, unfortunately the bedrooms are best for the lighting and the main living areas are rather weak, hence my many previous sad shoots. Still feeling better about indoor pics than I ever have.

Image 1 – iso 800, shutter speed 1/60, ap 3.26
Love the skin tone of Sebastian here, though a little lighter on one side of the face. Realise fingers and more of the apple would have added more to the story.

Image 2 – iso 800, shutter speed 1/60, ap 3.26
Pleased to have a lovely photo of my teen soft skin tone. Managed to angle the camera to eliminate most of the background distractions.
Sadly catchlight on only one of Malachi’s eyes.

Image 3 – iso 800, shutter speed 1/60, ap 3.26
catchlights on both of Saxon’s eyes. perhaps a bit overexposed, warm sking

Image 4 – iso 800, shutter speed 1/40, ap 3.26
This was such an awesome concert, the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda and I struggled to find the correct setting for nighttime.
The best photo out of the many I took, but still too dark. What should I have set it too?

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By Erin
Erin, married to my Prince Charming, mum of 10, wannabe photographer. Living on a property on the North Coast of NSW.


  1. Glad to hear you’re feeling more confident with indoor shots. A little bit of feedback:
    #1 it’s perfectly OK to have one side of the face slightly brighter than the other – this adds dimension to the face. But I think perhaps you were a little close to a window or whatever the light source is because Sebastian’s right hand side is blown out a bit (pure white with no detail in the extreme bright part of the face). That would be very easily cured but moving him a small step away from the light source. Which white balance setting did you use? The walls and his skin has a slight yellow colour cast which may be because the walls are actually yellow (and the colour reflects back onto the faces) or because your white balance was set to Tungsten when you don’t have tungsten lighting.
    #2 Nice job – lovely natural light and one catchlight is better than none 🙂
    #3 same colour cast problem as #1. The other thing I fell about this image is that the angle of his head looks a bit uncomfortable ( not a natural pose) and as the viewer it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. You would have been better to have him look directly at the camera or get up much higher so you’re looking down on him.
    #4 This looks like very low light situation. You probably got the best shot you could in the situation. If your camera goes higher than 800 ISO (and many do) you could try to up the ISO even more and just live with the noise.

  2. 1- Had the white balance on fluro 1, but I had the window light directly behind me, he was further from the window than I was.3
    3- I see what you mean, will try your suggestions

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