There’s a lot of reasons one might want to take photography indoors – whether it’s to create a specific background or just the diverse options from taking a simple picture of a plain black background with items to display, to something more complex like greenscreens/bluescreens with unique backgrounds. To create a YouTube channel or online store and everything relevant.
And while that’s great, the inevitable problem that many people face when they initially prepared so much money upfront; me included, especially if they are new to it, is that they didn’t realize how important lighting is for photography, or perhaps they thought their regular dim house lamp would work. The main problem with that is for a camera, it requires enough light to hit its lens for enough exposure and without proper light it will end up in slower shutter speeds which results in the infamous camera blur. That is why light is crucial – and it doesn’t always need to be expensive. There are affordable options such as Emart 60 LED 2 sets (Great option!) and Fovitec 2-Light, to HPUSN Softbox Lighting Kit and Emart Photography Umbrella Lighting kit. The first two lamps are more of table lamps, and I would recommend that they are used to photograph items such as jewelry on a bust or other items such as in a shop. The last two are for a more professional setup like the greenscreen/bluescreen mentioned earlier, which granted can be used for those as well but are commonly used for filming persons.
But it’s important to note that too much light will cause shutter speed that is too fast, ultimately freezing the motion. Which sounds good originally since images are still to begin with, right? And it is good – if you want an image to show no motion after-effect, but there’s a drawback to achieving this with that high light; which is having a loss of shadow. If having the character of shadow in your image isn’t important to you, and you want a really still photo, great! The amount of lighting required can depend on the camera and its lens greatly, but generally the products mentioned above are well known for their succession.
There are ways to get around the above mentioned. Say you only have a dimmer lamp for the time being, but you are getting very bad motion blur from that lighting. A simple solution to this is quite a very common and well known one, Tripods for example, or even propping your camera up on a desk behind another can work. Propping your camera on something that keeps the camera absolutely still and setting a timer on your camera can help out exponentially, as while using the tripod compared to holding the camera is better, you may still move the camera in order to take the image on the tripod.
But while that is great, note that it still isn’t usually preferred to do, as though you’re getting a more still image comparative, you’re still getting dim images. This is, however, great if what you’re taking photography of looks good in a dim lighting, so this would be the best of both worlds for you!
Of course, there are the cases where people actually want blur in their photography, as blur is used to create a unique style for some photos. If done right, it can be good to have. With that being said, you can reverse engineer most of what i’ve said and simply create efficient camera blurs to fit your needs.