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Alisha L. Ekstrom
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/30/2005
 

What natural lighting is the best...North, South


What window is best for natural lighting...north, side, east or west? TIA!!!!!!

If any of my yahoo buddies see this, well I'm not on my regular computer to get to my e-mail to reactivate my acct cause it's bouncing....I probably already know the answer, BUT want to know FOR SURE!!!!!!!

Alisha


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1/20/2006 6:59:49 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hi Alisha;

North light is the compass point of choice. :)
It is much more consistant then trying to contend with the color shifts of east or west and south.


Pete


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1/20/2006 7:10:55 PM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/30/2005
  YEA...I was right in my thoughts:):) Thanks a million Pete for answering my question! NOW I have to rearrange my office & my 5 year old son can have his room back..hehe..LOL!!!!


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1/20/2006 7:17:01 PM

 

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  Hi Alisha;
You can make any lighting work, But I find the eastern light of early morning and western light of late evening to be the warmest. I really enjoy shooting(especially portraits) in the early morning and late evening.


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1/20/2006 7:40:16 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  You really think color shift only affects east and west. If the sun is shining to the west, west window is like a north window.


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1/20/2006 9:09:30 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hey Greg,

Not sure what you mean?

North light has always been the best for portraits since that compass direction sees far less color shift than the others.

North window exposures never sees the sun; astronomically speaking.

If you draw a line in the sky, east to west, the sun follows that path and south of it..unless you live on the equator.
..so, a north facing window is NOT subject to the magnitude of color swings compared to the other three compass points.

North window light is also much more diffused than E-W and south.


Pete


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1/21/2006 6:30:52 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  If the light is the best for portraits, it's because it's reflected, off of everthing. If the sun is in the east, a west window has that reflected light. North window has the reflected light because the sun is toward the south. When the sun moves toward the west, you can use an east window.
Regardless of direction, it all comes from the same source. If that color changes, it changes with a north window.
You can shoot a portrait with any window. If you want it the same way every time, use a north window every time.


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1/21/2006 12:37:43 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  "You can shoot a portrait with any window. If you want it the same way every time, use a north window every time."

Guess that is what I was trying to say..consistency is from the North window. Of course you can shoot a portrait from any window..Hell; I can shoot a portrait in my bathroom.
Conventional wisdom is North light is best for consistency.

We won't even get into polarization. LOL

Pete


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1/21/2006 6:13:34 PM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/30/2005
  Thanks you guys for your input. I was told that North facing windows produces the best natural light for portrait photography & that's what I was trying to make sure. Pete summed it up for me as to what I thought & was told before:) I was using my son's SOUTH facing window & it has 2 big windows in his room, BUT everytime it was a sunny day it was shining to harshly in his room & too harsh on the subjects face & so then when I would close the one blind it would be too dark & then the pics were a tad blurry. I was told about the north window light & I have been noticing no matter of the time of day my office(north window) the light is bright & no harsh lighting. I just wanted to be clear before I had my husband rearrange the whole office:)

THANKS!!!!

Alisha


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1/21/2006 10:14:12 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  south windows can work just as well as any other window. mix it up.


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1/22/2006 1:13:23 PM

 
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