Settings for shooting Indoor Events
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Amit K Srivastava
December 3, 2016

Photography is love; ardor and oodles of creativity all coalesced on to a single piece of paper. Obviously, with these come several hindrances. One of the very significant one’s is the challenge of low light, so highly frequent while shooting indoors.



Below I have listed a few cameras and lenses with reasonably better low light performances.

Just as the body, the lens will be extremely crucial. Try choosing a fast lens since indoor event photography is a game of speed. A fast lens means it will have a bigger aperture to let in more light. And by gracious God, light is your biggest friend. A few recommended lenses would be…

Canon 50mm/f1.4 USM lens (Prime lens) – Also known as the Nifty50, this is always a top pick for professional photographers. This functions brilliantly as a portrait lens.



Canon 70-200mm/f2.8 (Telephoto lens) – This will provide the versatility you require when you are constantly using the Nifty50 and the wide angle lenses. Not all photographs in your resume should be wide angled. This gives you an option to shoot from a distance while having a pretty handy aperture. With it’s image stabilization feature, you can easily shoot while having low shutter speeds.



Canon 24mm/f1.4 (Wide angle) – Perhaps one of the best Canon wide angle lenses on offer; this has got a terrific low light performance. A wide angle lens is an absolute necessity in indoor shoots, since you are never quite sure how much space will be available.



While selecting the body, be fully aware about the camera’s high ISO performance. For example a Canon T5i can be pushed to ISO 3200 to get a zero noise photograph, while for a full frame 5D Mark3, you can click even at ISO 6400.

A few indoor shots with settings can be observed below.

Portrait Photography



Setting up a 3-point lighting is the key to portrait photography. Make sure the light levels are well balanced so as to give you a properly exposed shot.

In photography, you can never set a rulebook, but here are a few of the effective settings…

  1. Shoot on aperture priority mode to take control of the depth of field.
  2. Autofocus single point
  3. Aperture will depend on the amount of light available. Try f1.8 for a shallow depth of field and f4 for a deeper depth of field
  4. Prime lens 50mm. U may also use a wide angle depending on the location.
  5. ISO 200-400


Just to show you, how much of a difference proper lighting and settings can make…


(Under exposed and properly exposed portrait) Source

Event Photography



Depending on the amount of light and location space available, try shooting with a faster shutter speed during live events. Try setting up the shutter speed at 1/160 sec to 1/320 sec if light permits. Adjust the other settings accordingly for properly exposed shots.

Important tip: Shoot a few photos in RAW mode so as to edit them later in lightroom!

Happy photographing!!

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Amit K Srivastava
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