6 Tips For Indoor Film Photography

February 27, 2021

little girl reading in chair photo

With the news of Fuji 400h being discontinued, I wanted to start practicing shooting indoor film photography with my Kodak Portra. So I broke out the Kodak Portra 800. What’s a film photographer’s best subject? Well, family can be difficult, but I love to photograph my kids. To my surprise, this time they did great.

Here are my best 6 tips for shooting film indoors.

  1. Kodak Portra is the best shot at box speed or close to box speed. So I metered all of these images at ISO 800.
  2. With my handheld meter, I metered with the bulb out and at a 45-degree angle for the shadows.
  3. Indoors finding the window light coming in is important. Even though it’s an 800-speed film it still needs light.
  4. Turn off indoor lights! Just like digital needs one light source so the color is not muddled. Film is the same and needs clean daylight to be at its best. So turning off all the lamps and overhead light and just having window light will keep the light clean.
  5. Add a video light where there just isn’t enough window light. I recommend the Godox LED light stick set to 5600 Kelvin.
  6. And in really low light situations I like to switch to Black and white film, Ilford Delta 3200 is a personal favorite.

Here are the photos we took inside our house with Kodak Portra 800.

Little girl smiling laying on bench photo
Boy on bed reading Harry Potter Photo
Boy Smiling Photo
Boy sitting by curtain looking up photo
Boy Sitting next to curtain looking up photo
Little boy in Kitchen looking at watch photo
Boy sitting in Chair looking off smiling photo
little girl sitting in chair smiling at camera photo
little girl peeking from behind the curtain photo
Little girl looking off with legs crossed sitting on the ground photo
little girl taking care of baby doll photo
Little girl sitting by window looking at camera photo
Little girl sitting by window smiling at camera photo
Little girl sitting in kitchen photo
little girl sitting in kitchen floor silly face photo

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