Photographing interiors: shoot handheld in low-light without any blur

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Photographing interiors of many famous photo locations often means shooting handheld. Many such landmarks ban the use of tripods, leaving photographers to their own devices to keep their cameras stable when shooting interior photography.

Photographing interiors: shoot handheld in low-light without any blur

Below are some of our best tips for avoiding camera shake when photographing interiors.

Follow these steps and you’ll get sharp handheld shots with impeccable colour and contrast – even in low light!

Photographing interiors: shoot handheld in low-light without any blur - step 1

Set your White Balance
Artificial lighting often falls outside the range covered by Auto White Balance, so switch to a Tungsten (Incandescent) or Fluorescent white balance setting instead. Better still, try setting up a Custom setting.

 

Photographing interiors: shoot handheld in low-light without any blur - step 2

Increase your ISO
Unless you’re using a tripod, slow shutter speeds are likely to cause camera shake and result in blurry, unusable images. Switch to a high sensitivity setting of around ISO1600 (noise is better than blur) and use Image Stabilisation (IS) if featured on your camera or lens.

 

Photographing interiors: shoot handheld in low-light without any blur - step 3

Boost the shadows
Sun pouring in through windows often splits interiors into bright highlights and dark shadows. Reduce the contrast with Active D-Lighting (Nikon), Auto Lighting Optimizer (Canon) or similar dynamic range options. You can often vary the effect’s strength.

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