If you’re a blogger and work a full time job like me, you’ll know that during Winter it can be difficult to get the best photography for your blog posts. Getting up in the dark, and coming home in the dark can have it’s problems when you want to capture natural light photos, even a weekend can be a struggle if you fancy a lie in, with about 4 hours of natural light to work with.
There is things you can do however, to help enhance your photos during the Winter months. When there’s less light in a scene, there’s basically two choices. You can either create more light yourself, or change the settings on your camera to react differently to the light available.
There’s a few settings you can mess with here. If you’re shooting in slightly visible light, shoot at higher shutter speeds to avoid any blurry photos. For every day blogger style photos, shooting at 1/200th of a second is probably best for this. You can also increase your cameras ISO (sensor sensitivity) to make the sensor collect light faster. Doubling the ISO doubles the shutter speed so be careful of this when messing with settings.
It’s not all about the settings though, there’s some great ways you can create some natural light indoors to give a good effect, especially for flatlays and product photos. My favourite tip is using a light catching backdrop, something like a white sheet works well for this, especially if you have a brightly coloured product. There’s also the use of a reflector which works well with a backdrop. Shine a light on the backdrop and it dims it on to the product to create a natural finish.
Alternatively, there’s some great products out there perfect for capturing photography and video in low light. Check out this video below captured on the Panasonic LUMIX GH5S, it features steel wool spinning in a dark warehouse and the end result is fantastic.
What’s your top tips for taking blogger photos in the Winter months? I personally like the outcome from the Panasonic LUMIX GH5S video and hope to replicate something like this in the future on my blog.