A few weeks ago I said that I had a post coming soon on; Indoor photography, the pain, the stress and the results if they turn out. Well indoor photography did not disappoint; it was a pain and just as stressful as I predicted. Although I took a few photography classes at University and I like to learn and play around with new techniques and styles, I am certainly not a master photographer. Taking Photos indoors is something that I struggle with; it is not the most ideal setting for photos. Then when the indoor space has little to no natural light or even much artificial light it is even less ideal.
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing a pre-nuptial blessing for my Uncle and his lovely fiancé. The weather was perfect for the outdoor lunch reception and those photos turned out really well but unfortunately, the chapel where the ceremony was held was really poorly lit. The main source of light was from a skylight but unfortunately it wasn’t ideally located for photographing the ceremony and it didn’t create enough of a light source to adequately light up the chapel. My equipment is fairly basic and I only have the camera’s built in flash which really doesn’t cut it in this kind of setting. I adjusted all the setting to make the most of what little light there was, which unfortunately left the risk of blurriness and noise (graininess and little coloured speckles).
The two photos below are both taken with the same camera, both taken by me, both unedited (except for logo watermark) and both of them are indoors. The difference is the available natural light in the two different chapels and the camera settings needed because of the lighting.
When you look closely at the images you can see, there is a huge difference in the quality of the images and all this is due to light. As far as I am concerned, lighting is key in photography.