Shooting indoors is always a fun challenge but shooting indoors at night calls for some creativity in the lighting you use to illuminate your subject.

There are many different light sources around the house that you can use while shooting indoors at night and these are just a few of them.

1. Refrigerator

You can get some really fun shots by just opening your refrigerator door. Pretty silhouettes or even sitting parallel to the door and using the light for some dramatic split light can be fun!

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

2. TV

I use the light from the TV a lot with my two year old. It’s one of the only ways I can get her still long enough to get some shots of her! Be careful because the TV can cast all kinds of crazy colors on your subject!

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

3. Flashlight

Using a flashlight really allows you to manipulate your light source to get the desired effect you are looking for. You can get some really moody images by using a flashlight to shine just a pocket of light on your subject. My husband usually holds the flashlight for me and I move him around until I get the effect I am going for.

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

4. Computer

Similar to the TV, the computer allows your subject to be entertained while bathed in pretty light for you to shoot away!

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

5. iPad/iPhone

These give off similar light to the computer but is way easier to move around to get your desired look and mood. Softbox lite is a free app that is just a white screen that stays on until you close the app so you don’t have to worry about your iPad or iPhone going to sleep while you are shooting.

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

6. Lamp

For the image below I plugged in a lamp just on the other side of the door and placed it on the floor. I then opened the door just a bit to let a pretty pocket of light shine through. I placed my daughter there with some toys and shot away while she played.

using artificial light indoors for your photography by Bethney Backhaus

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