Photography Indoor Light Using a Laptop

You’ve likely been irritated with indoor light at one point or another in your photography journey. Whether it was grain due to lack of light or the funky color casts, don’t be quick to write off shooting indoors. I love the spotlights you can find inside your home. I love that whether a home is neat or full of clutter, you have the ability to make the background noise disappear with light.

Here, my daughter was on my bed and we had the laptop about 2-3 feet in front of her. She was watching something on Netflix. My husband was up north and we were having our first little sleepover (missing daddy). I wanted to remember this moment and no funky indoor light was going to stop me.

To the right of me (her left), my bathroom, yucky yellow light was on. The laptop isn’t incredibly bright, so the light is most apparent on her and fades away – creating a spotlight effect.

This is the before, SOOC: 

using a laptop for photo light


Between the laptop, colorful blankets, and yellow side light, I felt black and white would look best. This rid the noise of all the colors so your eyes instantly meet hers when you look at the photo.

Here is the after:

indoor light


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Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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