Being stuck at home doesn’t put your creativity on hold. Summon your inner artist and keep yourself entertained with these tips for taking well-lit photos from home using whatever objects or materials you have available.
#1: Use natural light from windows
Photographers consider natural light to be the best because it doesn’t modify the colors or skin tones of your subject and may have a softer effect. If you’re looking for dramatic lighting with high contrast shadows and bright warm light, take pictures near your windows during the golden hours (the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset).
#2: Flashlights = Spotlights
#3: Repurpose your holiday lights
#4: White sheets as reflectors
Don’t have dedicated studio reflectors? White sheets or poster boards can work in a pinch. Hang the sheet (or boards) near your subject so light strikes it and reflects back. This isn’t an exact science, so experiment with your DIY reflector to fill in unwanted shadows and improve the overall image. BONUS TIP: Using the sheet along with natural light from a window (See tip #1 above) can make for stunning portraits!
#5: Lamps, lamps, lamps
Remember, photography is a fun medium for experimentation and manipulation. You don’t need fancy equipment to create amazing images. If you use any of our tips, make sure you share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging our page and add the hashtag #photographyfromhome.
Studio 300’s Nikki wrote this article and shared her at-home images.