Written by: Becky Earl
Now that we are in the winter season and many of us are stuck inside due to the freezing weather, it is important that we know how to utilize as much available light (indoors) as possible.
Window light is a very beautiful and powerful tool in the world of photography. It can create many types of lighting on your subject ranging from harsh light to soft, diffused, even light. It’s pretty simple and one of my favorite types of lighting – winter or not.
Using backlight in a window light situation can create a beautiful dreamlike haze. Just like shooting backlight in an outdoor situation, I would spot meter and expose for the face. In this image below I was fortunate enough to be shooting in a room with all white walls. So the walls in front of the subjects acted as a reflector.
Most of us however aren’t able to shoot in beautiful all white natural light studios (this goes for me too- unfortunately its not my studio), so we have to improvise. That is when I would pull out my trusty reflector. dunn dun dunnnnn…
In this situation, the side of this babies room with the window was much cuter then the opposite side. Which just had a door and a closet. Without the reflector it was just too dark and since her room was painted bright pink, it gave her pinkish tones to her skin. (I knew it would be a nightmare to edit) SO I pulled out the reflector and put babies momma to work 🙂 She held the reflector about 45 degrees from baby. (you can see the reflector’s reflection in her eyes.) It lit her nicely and got rid of any nasty color casts I would have had to deal with in post.
Next we have place-your-subject-45-degrees-to-the-window-and-you-get-beautiful-shadows-that-add-depth-to-your-subject-light, which is my favorite type of window light.
The great thing about window light is that it acts as a modeling light would if you were shooting studio. You can rotate your subjects until the light and shadows fall right where you want on your subject.
It can be as dramatic…..
or soft as you like….
You can have nice side lighting. Again as dramatic or soft as you like. Remember- the closer your subject is to the window, the harsher the shadow will be.
The further away from the window…the less harsh…
Front lighting is pretty much the easiest. If you are wanting nice even lighting across your subjects face. Place them right in front of the window and shoot away.
Last thing to remember. Try to find a window that faces NORTH. That light will be most diffused and even – since the sun never directly hits a north facing window.
Becky Earl is a hobbyist photographer, but more importantly a wife and mother to three beautiful children. Becky loves to create ART in her spare time (aka when the kids are busy) and loves learning new things about photography (aka when the hubby is busy). She offers Blog Your ART Templates at an affordable price to photographers who want to spice up the look of their blog. You can find her hanging out on her blog NEW BLOG , Facebook and Twitter.