07. Indoor photography Part 1

Photographing with natural light doesn’t mean you’re limited to working outside. In this photography class Karl demonstrates how to photograph indoors.

One of the key things to consider when working inside is your location. Big windows are our friend whilst too much light can actually be an issue. It’s important to study the location, understand the potential benefits or problems that the room you’re working in provides.

This chapter shows an indoor shoot that takes place in someones home and Karl explains a number of important factors to consider as well as how to make the most of and control available light.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography using natural light
  • How to use natural light for indoor portraits
  • How to create soft light for portraits
  • Using reflectors & negative fill to control shadows
  • Useful accessories & equipment for indoor photography
  • How to soften harsh sunlight

Note: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. This is wonderful video. I am happy because you mentioned the list of equipment used in the video.

    1. Hi Vincent, the sync speed with flash is 1/250th but there are no flash or studio lighting being used in this course. This is part of the course on natural light portraiture. For studio lighting portraiture see the course ‘Light Source’.

  2. 21:20 I think the chair blocking the model’s forearm is distracting. What do you guys think?

    1. Hi Leo, I wouldn’t agree at all. The kitchen work-surface and the chair work together to form occlusion which increase the sense of three dimensionality in two dimensional photography. The image is not about the models arm it’s about her face and upper body, although of course it is always possible to improve every images, one must take an image in its overall context and emotional impact, some of the best images in the world are full of ‘technical’ faults but work perfectly on an emotional level.


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