It can be a bit tricky to make indoor photo shoots look natural. On the one hand, you want plenty of light so that the subject comes through vibrantly. In the other hand, you want to maintain an normal and appropriate level of light, color, and balance in the scenery. One way to do this is by adding certain elements to the scene to emphasize the particular style you are looking to capture. Here are some ways you can utilize an indoor space to really make the most out of it.
How To Go Bright
If you really want a nice and bright setting for your indoor photo shoot you’re going to need to rely on the same principals that you would for an outdoor photo shoot. You’re going to need a nice, bright day with plenty of sunlight for starters. You’re also going to want to make sure that the room that you’re using for the photo shoot has plenty of large windows that are receptive to the bright sunlight at the time of the shoot. It’s actually likely to be more constrained time-wise than an outdoor photo shoot for this exact reason.
Those are the basics, you’re also going to want to make sure the room itself is decorated in a way that makes the most of the sun’s vibrance. You’ll want to have lots of light and striking hues – yellows and greens are a good way to go to complement the light. You’ll want to make sure the subject matches as well, and subtle accessories that exude life and vibrance such as flowers and plants will also help.
When You Need a Little Warmth
On the other side of the spectrum, when you need to evoke warmth you’ll probably want to avoid a day when the outside light is excessively bright. If not, you’ll need to treat the windows in a way that will help you tamp down the amount of light coming in and soften the exposure.
Aside from that, you’re going to want to choose colors like reds and browns to accent the room and keep the tone exciting, but still subdued. It’s a good idea to accent the room with different pieces that will compliment the style you’re going for. A modern electric fireplace can be a great and portable way to accent the room. You might also want to consider cozy furniture or large shag rugs to really drive the point home.
It’s important when you’re staging the set to be very careful with your camera lighting. You don’t want to have your lights reflecting off of items in the room and causing excessive exposure when you’re trying to preserve a warm aesthetic.
When You Want To Make A Statement
Of course, there is always a time when you’re going to want to capture a moment that’s a bit different than the norm. In this case you’re going to have to use your own artistic discretion when it comes to basic lighting and stylistic choices, but there are still some tricks you can employ to make your photo shoot stand apart from the others.
For example, how can you make your interior shoot seem a little out of place? You’ll want to bring in objects that normally don’t go together. For example, perhaps you could have a scene where the subject is bathing in the kitchen. The name of the game is to be new here, it doesn’t matter how strange you go.
It’s getting harder than ever to stay new, as so many people are taking this approach these days. However, the same principals still apply. You want to keep an eye on what others in your space are doing well and improve upon it. If teddy bears are in style for your photo shoot (lame example I know), you’re going to want to use a HUGE teddy bear, perhaps with an extreme color like yellow or blue.