Aperature & Shutter Speed for Indoor Photography

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You will have to adjust your aperture and shutter speed in a different way if you're shooting indoors versus when you're shooting outdoors. Learn about aperture and shutter speed for indoor photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Now, today, I'd like to talk to you about the best aperture and shutter speed to use for indoor photography. Now, this is somewhat of a balancing act and there's a lot of give and take. I personally don't like to go under a 50 on my shutter speed because anything below that, if people are moving in a shot or if I'm not too stable with the camera, you're actually going to be risking a lot of motion blur. Now, as far as the aperture goes, sometimes you are going to be limited by your lens, but I tend to try to open it up as much as I possibly can indoors. Now, with this, you're going to get a lot showered depth of field and it's going to be hard to get real crisp pictures of people. But, with a lot of practice, you'll start to get the hang of it a lot more and you're going to be able to grab a lot of sharper focus. Now, the thing about indoor photography is usually, you're going to be fighting low light situations and if you're fighting low light situations, you tend to raise the ISO almost immediately to just brighten up the overall image. But, when doing this, you run the risk of adding a lot of grain to the images. So, what I do with indoor photography, I try to keep the ISO as low as I possibly can with keeping the aperture and the shutter speed in mind. Keeping the shutter speed anywhere around the 50 range and then opening up the apertures as wide as I can as well as keeping the ISO as low as I possibly can. It's somewhat of a balancing act and it may take a little bit of practice, but once you do it, your images will come out a lot crisper, a lot cleaner and you're going to be happy with the results. That is how I adjust my aperture and shutter speed for indoor photography. I'm Dan Reinecke and remember, take your best shot.


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