What are the Pros and Cons of Indoors and Outdoor Photography?

by Arthur Kelly
Outdoor Photography

Have you noticed that the quality of photos taken indoors is never the same as those produced outside? Outdoor and indoor photography are two different shooting styles, and they come with their own principles, challenges, and benefits. For this matter, many photographers prefer to specialize in one type to play to their strengths.

We are passionate about shooting landscapes to bring out its natural beauty with particular angles and shutter speeds. We are also comfortable creating spectacular footage from the indoor world. In our projects, we have discovered the pros and cons of both styles of shooting.

Indoor Photography

A studio set up allows us to have complete reign over the environment. One of the aspects we can control fully is the lighting aspect. Suppose your venue is a meeting hall. We can shoot more natural photographs than in a studio set-up. Still, a hall offers a controlled environment that doesn’t change. We do indoor photography when it is absolutely necessary or according to the preferences of our clients.

Tips for Indoor Photography

With less light inside, there is a need to tweak the camera settings. The ISO, white balance, shutter speed, and aperture matter a lot. The settings are beneficial as starting points. They should be maximized to bring out the creativity depending on the available light, artistic needs, and the subject. In low light, the ISO requires a boost. However, raising ISO settings may not always increase the grain or the chance of noise in the photos. But depending on the current needs, grainy images and noise could be the much-needed mood for indoor portraits.

Pros

  • It’s comfortable and convenient, making shooting a relaxing activity
  • No worries about changes in weather
  • There is privacy, so there is no worry about distractions such as car hoots or people loitering
  • Indoor locations allow adjustment of studio lights and other effects without seeking extra ambient light sources

Cons

  • Restricted location and space
  • Limited time for a rented studio

Outdoor Photography

Unlike indoor shooting, outdoor shooting can be a bit unpredictable but exciting. We are never assured of the weather. So the lighting can be totally out of control. As such, we have to be more adaptable when shooting outdoors. Sunrise and sunset hours are the golden times for outdoor photography. They provide some of the best effects; poetic and dramatic. At noontime, we usually make use of shades and canopies. We also have our own shading items, such as umbrellas.

Tips for Outdoor Photography

Outdoor shooting on a sunny day depends on the available shade. Direct sunlight is not a good thing as it makes the object squint. Harsh sun can also bring directional shadows and unnecessary white balance. Shade, on the other hand, allows for smooth and milky shadows from the natural features of the subject. The shots look amazing with the right white balance and exposure. An overcast day is challenging, but clouds’ heavy blanket enriches the colors, projecting smooth and pleasant shadows.

Pros

  • Offers plenty of sunlight and natural light
  • Provides the beauty that nature has to offer as the seasons change
  • Unlimited options for backgrounds from green grasses, blue waters, and blue sky, to brown mountains
  • Unlimited space for capturing scenes
  • Allows for unique themes and atmosphere for the images

Cons

  • Lack of convenient facilities such as washrooms for changing clothes
  • Lack of privacy and enough security
  • Uncontrollable weather conditions like sudden rainfall

While it seems more comfortable capturing photos inside, we often find it more exciting to take the shooting outdoors. There is a thrill in eventful outdoor shots. Despite the challenge in terms of lighting, we always have a way of adjusting the camera settings. The results are very satisfactory.