Despite Instagram being dominated by beautiful, airy, bokeh ball-laden images of people looking happy, sometimes you just want to create something a bit darker. In this short video, Mango Street give you some basic tips for shooting indoors using natural light to achieve a moodier, more somber look to your photographs.
Windows are key, and the bigger the better. As Daniel and Rachael note, windows come with most houses so it’s rare that you can’t reshuffle your furniture to take advantage.
If you’ve not checked out this excellent video from boudoir photographer Michael Sasser, be sure to have a look as it offers an excellent complement to this list of ideas from Mango Street, especially for those who are relatively new to photography.
For Sasser, shooting indoors using natural light is made easier by the addition of sheer curtains; Mango Street were blessed with what seems to be some overcast conditions, and while direct sunlight can create some interesting shadows, you might want something more diffused. The curtains will soften the light and create a more subtle shift between the bright and dark parts of the image.
Shooting with a fast lens is fairly crucial when it comes to creating indoor images using natural light as the light levels can be surprisingly low. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on an f/1.4 lens; instead check out an f/1.8 nifty fifty such as this one from Canon. If that’s still a bit pricey and you don’t mind some softness and slower autofocus, the Yuongnuo 50mm f/1.8 can also be a lot of fun.
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