Indoor Holiday Photography
Mark Layman

With the holidays just around the corner and the associated opportunities to photograph indoor events with friends and family, Dave Fultz suggested that we use “Indoor Holiday Photography” as the topic for the next meeting (Tuesday, November 26 at 6pm in the Oasis Room).

I thought this was a great idea and, given that getting great shots indoors can be tricky, I’ve put together a collection of articles and videos that will give you some things to think about (and hopefully try) prior to the meeting. We’ll be discussing and trying out techniques and accessories at the meeting, so be sure to bring you camera, accessories, and any photos you want to share.

Here’s the collection of articles and videos. As with most types of photography, it’s mostly about how you use light. If you know of other articles or videos that would be helpful, please post them.

Tips for Better Indoor Photography During the Holidays: http://brittanyherself.com/cgg/tips-for-better-indoor-photography-during-the-holidays/

5 Tips for Consistently Good Photos Indoors: http://digital-photography-school.com/5-tips-for-consistently-good-photos-indoors

7 Strategies for Avoiding Flash Blow Out: http://digital-photography-school.com/7-strategies-for-avoiding-flash-blow-out

How to photograph children {and other stuff} indoors: http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-children-and-other-stuff-indoors. Some of the articles above refer to a “LightScoop” product and other methods of diffusing the light.

Diffusing light is what this next series of videos and articles are about.

In this video, the guy does a great (and somewhat entertaining) job of explaining why you need diffuse light and how you can get diffuse light with some do-it-yourself gear. DIY Pop Up Flash Diffuser Part 1:
If you liked this video, you might want to watch his part 2 video:

In this video, the same guy from the previous two videos nicely demonstrates “Using on Camera Flash Indoors”:

Here’s another guy’s demonstration of: How to make a DIY flash diffuser for your DSLR camera’s pop-up flash: Here’s a similar DIY device: http://lifehacker.com/5884059/make-a-mirrored-popup-flash-bouncer-for-your-camera-out-of-an-upcycled-snack-box

The empty milk jug diffuser: http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/03/20/diy-photography-hacks-soften-pop-up-flash-with-an-empty-milk-carton/

The business card diffuser: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57474371-285/how-to-make-a-supersimple-bounce-flash-for-your-dslr/

I’d love to see ASPC members make some of these DIY diffusers and bring them to the meeting.

If you’d rather buy a diffuser than make one, some products are here (it’s also here: http://zehbounce.com/)

So now you know all about how to get nice indoor light and may even be the proud owner of a DIY or purchased diffuser. Given that the premise of this post is that you’ll have opportunities in the coming weeks to photograph friends and family, and you’ll want them to look good in the great light that you’ll be creating, here’s an article on posing groups of people. Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Groups of People: http://digital-photography-school.com/posing-guide-21-sample-poses-to-get-you-started-with-photographing-groups-of-people

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