Color & Light
Meeting Photo Challenges
Creative Image Processing
Nature & Outdoor
Creating Better Photographics
Night & Low Light Photography
Light & Exposure
Close-Up & Macro
Digital Black & White
Color & Design
Choosing & Using Lenses
Digital Photography Equipment
Of course, stairways located outdoors are best captured in natural lighting conditions. But many photogenic staircases are indoors, which creates lighting challenges for the photographer with a simple compact camera. You may want to shoot by the room’s ambient light, whether it’s illuminated by windows or lamps. If you’re photographing stairways indoors, the light level is low and you’ll need a tripod or another way to brace your camera. If you don’t have a tripod, placing your camera on a sturdy railing may be a good solution.
If the room is lit by windows, look
at the stairway during different times of the day and plan to take pictures
when the sunlight illuminating the stairway appears most flattering. Also, if
you’re relying on natural light, you’ll want to use film in the
ISO 400–1600 range, or set your digital camera accordingly. Your other
alternative is to use fill-flash if you want to highlight a detail.
Readers are encouraged to submit
photos to our monthly Point & Shoot HomeWork Assignment feature. Please
see the table of contents for the location of the entry coupon, which lists
topics and more details.