5 Indoor Photography Tips Without Using Flash

Image of a nook taken with best setting for indoor photography without flash

Doing photography indoors without a flash can be tricky. You may not have a flash handy or just want a natural light look.

However, shooting without a flash indoors presents us with some issues as photographers because there’s less light present than when you’re out in open sunlight but we’re not using flash to help illuminate the scene in this instance.

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2 Simple Steps to Blur the Background of a Picture Using Just Your Camera

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I think it’s safe to say that pictures with blurred backgrounds can be extremely impressive and inspiring.

I know that a lot of photographers just starting out assume that it’s done in post-processing in Photoshop or whatever. But there’s a far better way to achieve a blurred background than by editing it in.

The best blurred background results come from knowing good technique and getting the effect directly in-camera.

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Photography: What You Should Know Before Taking that First Wedding Job

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Are you just getting started in wedding photography and looking for a resource to walk you through the ins and outs of shooting an entire wedding day?

Or perhaps you’ve been shooting or second shooting wedding photography and want to fill in some of those gaps in your overall strategy. There’s always more to learn after all.

My goal with this wedding photography guide is to show you how to shoot an entire wedding day from start to finish. Apply these concepts and you should be on your way to consistently shooting great wedding photography while being calm and confident in your abilities.

First Wedding Photography Step: Get to Know Your Camera Inside and Out

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DSLR Vs. Mirrorless in Photography: Which Should you Choose?

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The DSLR vs mirrorless debate has been going on for several years now in the digital photography industry.

While in the past the choice between the two was obvious for professional photographers, the two are on far more equal footing today.

Up until recent years, mirrorless was not a viable option when it came to investing in a camera system, at least for serious/professional photographers. And it’s not just that the ones available were low in quality, it’s that camera manufacturers weren’t even offering them.

Advancements in mirrorless technology in recent years however, has been swift. Mirrorless technology just a few years ago was unfit for professional use but has gotten to the point where it rivals that of DSLRs. As a result, the choice between DSLR or mirrorless is not as cut and dry as it once was.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Depth of Field

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Understanding depth of field is an important part of being able to control the outcome of your images in photography. The look of any given image will be strongly influenced by the depth of field of that image.

So in order to be able to consistently have control over your pictures, it’s important to be able to control your depth of field.

So this article will be about defining depth of field but also about how to control it and when to implement certain types of depth of field.

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A Guide to Understanding Shutter Priority Mode

Camera Mode Dial Set to Shutter Priority

Shutter priority mode is a semi-automatic camera mode in which the photographer chooses one component of the exposure triangle (shutter speed), the camera takes a meter reading when pointed at a given scene and does the rest of the work for you by choosing the aperture value that it thinks will get the most accurate exposure.

Shutter priority mode can also be used in conjunction with auto ISO so that the camera chooses everything for you aside from your shutter speed. In order to set your ISO to auto, you likely will need to go through your camera’s menu, which varies from camera to camera.

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A Guide to Understanding Aperture Priority Mode

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Getting your exposure right while also achieving the depth of field you’re looking for can be tricky at times, especially if you’ve got to get some exposures off quick or you’re in a hectic situation.

Luckily we have several camera modes at our disposal to make our lives easier as photographers in these situations, and one of the most useful ones is aperture priority. It’s used a good deal by both professionals and hobbyists alike.

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P Mode in Photography: When and How to Use it

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Just got your first camera and wondering what that ‘P’ on your mode dial is? Understanding program mode is one of the first steps in the natural evolution of getting out of auto mode and learning to take control of your camera.

While program mode does have severe limitations compared to manual mode, learning to use it will help you to basically take a baby step through the process of going from fully automatic mode to manual mode.

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Aperture in Photography: Explained in Simple Terms

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Aperture makes up part of what I like to think of as the exposure triangle, the other two components being shutter speed and ISO. In this article I’ll focus on what is aperture in photography and how it affects photographs.

So what is aperture in photography?

The easiest way to think about aperture is that it’s simply an opening or hole within a lens (which you can change in size) and lets in a given amount of light into a camera.

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A Guide to Thanksgiving Photography

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Ah, Thanksgiving – who doesn’t love getting together with family you haven’t seen in a year to argue over politics?

Regardless of your political affiliation, doing Thanksgiving photography is not only a cool way to show how your family grows from year to year but also gives you some good shots to choose form if you like to make Christmas cards.

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How to Do Halloween Photography

a nice image of some pumpkins around halloween time

If you’ve been doing photography for any amount of time, I think we can all agree:

Taking photos at night or in dark environments can be really tricky.

And when it comes to Halloween photography, we all know that the real fun happens after the sun goes down and things get dark and spooky. So are there some things we can do to help us get proper exposures on those dark Halloween nights?

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