How to Shoot Indoors: Quarantine Edition

Hey everyone! Hope you are all still doing well in quarantine. This has been a very difficult transition time for the world and we’ve all had to learn to do things differently. Even as a content creator, my work has been affected. A lot of my collaborations have been postponed and some brands aren’t sending out product right now (even the likes of Jeffree Star and Kylie Cosmetics aren’t sending out their orders). Nonetheless, I’ve had to get creative with my photography, since I normally shoot outside. It’s funny that I started this whole blogging/Instagram journey by creating content indoors, by myself, with a phone or camera. Well, I guess we’re taking it back to the old days! I’ve gotten a lot smarter throughout the years though, and I’m more educated about lighting and how to create a decent setup. With that being said, I wanted to share with you guys my at home photography setup for blogging and Instagram purposes. 

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Currently, since I am staying with my family during this pandemic, I’m back in my childhood room. Both walls with windows in my room have white curtains, so I figured that would be the perfect backdrop. I chose one of the walls and pulled the white curtains together so it would replicate a white backdrop. I then took a large white bedsheet that we weren’t using and spread that across the floor. I made sure the sheet covered all of the floor so it looked similar to a professional photography backdrop. I wanted the sheet to stay somewhat disheveled so my shots would look cozier and more personal. The photo above acted as my test shot to see how the backdrop would look:)

ALTERNATIVE: IF YOU DON’T HAVE WHITE CURTAINS, YOU CAN TAKE A WHITE SHEET AND PIN IT INTO THE WALL. YOU CAN ALSO CLIP A SHEET TO FURNITURE OR THE TOP OF A WINDOW SILL FOR THE SAME EFFECT.

I ended up taking tons of photos in this same spot, all with different poses. I’d love to make a post all about posing indoors, so let me know if you’d like to read that! You can check out a couple of the photos from this shoot on my Instagram if you want to see more!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

There’s honestly not too many items you need for indoor photography. Here is a list of tools you’ll need for very basic photography, while still ending up with BOMB photos!

Backdrop: As described above, you’ll need a white sheet and/or white curtains.

A camera or iPhone: Let’s be real, cameras on phones have gotten insanely good from the time iPhone was first released. Take advantage of what you have available to you and try taking some shots with your phone. Set up your phone in front of your backdrop using a tripod, some boxes, or a shelf (you can get creative with this part). Use the self timer feature on the iPhone to give yourself some time to pose. It’s quick, easy, and I know tons of bloggers who use their phone for content creation.

A mirror: I find it super helpful when I can place a mirror in front of my while I take photos. That’s exactly what I did with the photo above. Place the mirror next to where your phone is set up. This is very helpful when you want to take accurate photos and not guess with what your pose looks like.

Practice: It’s helped me a lot to research poses. Sometimes I’ll head over to my favorite Instagram accounts and check out ideas for posing. It even helps to practice in the mirror beforehand! It might feel uncomfortable at first, but after a while you’ll know your perfect angles and what looks best on you!

 

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WHAT I USE

Personally, I’ve transitioned into using a professional camera for years now. I used to use a Nikon DSLR, but have recently switched to a Canon G7X camera. I could not be more happy with the quality of this camera and it was worth every cent. It’s handheld, so I can bring it with me in my purse which I couldn’t do with my Nikon before. The quality has been incredible and I honestly recommend it highly.

I also use a tripod, which I bought cheap off of Amazon. It wasn’t expensive and I’ve had it for so long now. I connect my Canon to the tripod, set up the self timer, and I’m off to shoot! Here is the link from Amazon where you can purchase the tripod I use for $25.99: 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag. Sometimes when it’s too dark to shoot, I’ll use my ring light. I specifically use this when I’m recording IGTV or YouTube videos, but it easily works for photography as well. Ring lights make your photos look incredibly professional, so try it out if you’ve been curious! Here is the link from Amazon of the one I use: Neewer Ring Light Kit.

I hope this post was helpful for you guys! I know things have changed so much, but we can find simple ways to adapt. It’s been a day to day process but I’m finding my way. Sending lots of love and prayers your way! xx

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4 Comments

  1. April 6, 2020 / 6:24 am

    I love the idea of using a white bed-sheet as a backdrop… might have to borrow that idea from you! I have no available wall space so hanging a white bed-sheet in front of a cupboard would probably be the best solution for me. Thank you for sharing. Wishing I had other coloured bed-sheets now for multiple coloured backdrops! xx

    • sagepetersen
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      April 7, 2020 / 7:24 pm

      So glad I could help! that’s a great idea to hang it on the cupboards. I’ve definitely had to get creative but there are ways! xx

  2. April 29, 2020 / 11:34 pm

    Great ideas!! I really didn’t think of using bedsheets as a backdrop and I always wonder how people get perfect spots as THAT !!

    • sagepetersen
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      April 30, 2020 / 12:28 pm

      Yess girl it looks so good and so easy!!

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