Shooting Portraits with Window Light

by Linda Eodice

Window Light Portrait
Window Light Portrait
© Linda Eodice
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Natural light coming in through a window can provide a soft, pleasing source for illuminating indoor portrait subjects.

But sometimes this lighting can be highly directional. The contrast between the window and room sides of a subjectís face is often too great for a digital camera to record, and the shaded room side of the image reproduces too darkly.

One common solution is to use a reflector to bounce light onto the shade side of your portrait subject. However, you can turn your subject toward the window so you can get a profile or three-quarter view, as I did when photographing this child looking out of a picture window. The window light illuminated her face nicely, and the fall-off of light into the shadow area works well, even without a reflector.

Experiment with natural window light, and enjoy!

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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for BetterPhoto.com (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.