Window Light is the photographers softbox.  I was once told on an education photography day.  It’s something I do when I walk into a room or if I’m in a large building and it’s raining outside, I scout around until I find it.  That’s where I set up my “studio”.  Look for tall windows beaming light onto the floor.  This shot took probably 3 mins to compose and shoot, simply because I had already found my light to make the photo sing.  Annie and Mike were down from London for a wedding and I loved the cool edgy look and tattoos.  After positioning Annie first, I made sure Mike was seated just in front of her so the light could work across him too, and there you have it, using the leading lines from the wall, taking my eye into the couple, and then exposing for the highlight on Annie’s shoulder, the magic and light happened………  contact me  If you’re thinking about a themed shoot or portrait session. XDave

window light is the photographers softbox
window light is the photographers softbox

 

 

Other than window lighting, most portrait photographers use studio lights on location. But this is not always possible with the timing of a wedding so by using natural light as the softbox a good quick light source is the way to set about getting quality light and photos.

Natural light is also a great look and style for portraits for newborns, infants, children and seniors. Now with minimal equipment almost anyone with a good camera and lens can take exceptional indoor images. It is definitely a sought after look.

 

window light is the photographers soft box when out on locationThe best windows are ones that have a northern or southern exposure. This will provide a very soft, indirect light all day long. Next you will need a room with lots of window (floor to ceiling the best). Dont be afraid to raise the blinds or drapes for the room. Turn off all interior lights as they may cause a color balance shift or unnecessary shadows under the eyes. Then by altering the ISO of the camera so you can obtain a faster enough shutter speed to hold the camera and not have to rely on a tripod shoot away and get 2-3 poses from the light source at least.