Friday, October 23, 2009

How to Light People, Golf Balls, and Books With the Same Set Up.

O.k. So here is a really easy way to do a portrait. It's called a window light portrait.  The reason it is called a window light portrait is because you use a window to do it.  It works best if it is cloudy outside. Direct sunlight should not be on the subject. Here is the diagram below.

Basically, put the subject a few inches to a few feet from the window and the light from the window should do the trick.

Here is an example of a window light portrait.

Nice Huh?

The fun part about a window light portait is that it does not have to be a person. Look below...

Or this...

All of these shots were lit with window light.
One note to remember is that when doing window light shots, position the subject near the back 1/3rd of the length of the window, so 2/3 of the glass is in front of the subject. Remember we are lighting the front of the subject, not the back. Other than that, window lights are extremely easy to do. Now that you know how to do one all you need to do is try it. So make a promise that you are going to try it. Have some fun. Get a friend to pose for you!
If you have any questions, let me know.

p.s.  I know pros who use this set up.

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