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LIGHT . SHADOW . HIGHLIGHT Episode 3 Window Light portraits

Hey folks while stuck in doors I decided to use the time to put together this video and blog see the full BTS video below.


Window light portraits are something we all can do from the comfort of our own homes, Its quite amazing during this time of lockdown, actually having the time to observe the light around the home at different times during the day and how it can transform a room as the sun pops out from behind the clouds, so what a perfect time to learn and practice lighting during this downtime.

Using a family member, ornament or one of those polystyrene heads and spending time watching how the light falls on the subject and by turning the subject and seeing how that effects the light and shadows is priceless and the perfect way to understand lighting in our portraiture.

We can take it one step further and use a white or silver reflector to bounce light back on our subject and realise its effect.



With all the understanding of how the light will effect your subject, put it into practice with a real model using all of what you have taught yourself and applying that in your portrait session and you will be amazed by the results!



Once you have the lighting down you can then start using different focal length lenses and shooting at different apertures and begin understanding how these effect the look of your portraits. Most of these images were shot using a f4 24-70 kit lens on a Nikon Z6 and a 85mm

1.8.


And from this point experiment with the light and try many different setups around the house.

Using a black card behind your subject will create a nice black background and also a nice rim around your subject from the window light behind, and then simply bounce the light back into into your subject.


With so much time and a completely free light source at our disposal nows the perfect time to practice, watch the video and see this all in full.

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