Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Shooting Inside

Rumley Oil Pull

With the unrelenting winter that we’ve been having lately, it might be a good time to talk about shooting indoors.

You can turn to your flash to light up a dark subject. There is the potential to over light the subject. as with the large hotspot near the lettering. The glare makes it hard to read. If you have brought a lot of equipment with you, some off camera flashes can do wonders. But most of us aren’t carrying around a giant box of strobes. The pop-up flash on your camera usually won’t cut it in a large room.

Bi-Plane Flown By Fred McCall

Try to take advantage of subjects that are already well lit. I love to get the sharpness and detail, especially in the engine.

Bi-Plane Flown By Fred McCall

Sometimes leaning against a wall or doorway can help to steady you for a better shot. Both of these bi-plane shots were heavily color corrected to get the proper color tones with the mixed lighting in the display.


My wife Sherri admires the First Nations handiwork while I crouch down to shoot upwards and include more of the lighted area of the teepee. I also wanted to include some of the star pattern on the ceiling.

All of the above images were shot on location at the Glenbow Museum. Please make sure of the photography policy in museums and galleries and follow the rules. The Glenbow allows photography in all areas that are not posted “No Photography”. So get out and support your local museum.

In the best light…

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