In­door por traits

Make the most of nat­u­ral light

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Cam­era: NIKON D800 / Lens: NIKON AF- S 85MM F/ 1.4G / ac­ces­sory: re­flec­tor

When it comes to flat­ter­ing, ver­sa­tile and mal­leable light­ing, day­light can’t be beaten. it’s free, plen­ti­ful and ready to use if you know how to con­trol and ma­nip­u­late it for creative ef­fect. Any win­dow or door­way can work as a great in­door light source, so long as the sun isn’t stream­ing di­rectly through. north- fac­ing win­dows gen­er­ally of­fer the most con­sis­tent light, but any open­ing will do; you may just need to wait for it to change di­rec­tion or dif­fuse any strong light. the size of your win­dow also plays a part in the qual­ity of the light: the big­ger the win­dow, the softer and broader the light.

once you’ve cho­sen your light source, you need to de­cide on the ef­fect you want. side- light­ing, front- light­ing or back­light­ing each come with their own set of con­sid­er­a­tions. how you po­si­tion your sub­ject in re­la­tion to the light – prox­im­ity and an­gle – have a mas­sive im­pact, as well as your method of dif­fu­sion. net cur­tains and in­di­rect light are pop­u­lar so­lu­tions, but you may also want to have a re­flec­tor close to hand to fill in shad­ows in the case of side or back­light­ing. For this tu­to­rial, i’ll show you how to cap­ture a pro­fes­sional- look­ing head­shot us­ing nat­u­ral front light for a soft, evenly lit por­trait, and a side- lit por­trait for more dra­matic ef­fect.

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