Sometimes all you want to do is shoot some beauty work with some natural light, but it doesn't mean the weather will always cooperate with you. Mother nature has a way of doing whatever she wants on any particular day. Super, right? Here's how I simulated window light in the studio.
The days you need it bright and sunny are always overcast and gloomy, while on other days, when you want soft, flat light, the sun is blazing like crazy. Of course, there are ways you can deal with it, such as shooting in the shade, but it means you’ll have to deal with the risk of inconsistent light.
In this shoot, I did not want to deal with that, but I wanted to shoot something that looked like there was super-soft light coming through huge windows. I'll make my own weather, darn it!
The lighting setup wise here is incredibly simple! Basically, just find a white wall and bounce your light off it. Here, I used two strobes to get a wider area and bam, super-soft, natural-looking light!
As you can see, not much was done to the lighting. I just had to do a little cleaning for the skin, and it was done! (Note: the before here had a few tweaks from Capture One, such as color temperature and color balance.)
I personally really like this lighting style and find it especially useful for capturing images for model comp cards, as it shows them off very clearly.
Photographer: Shavonne Wong
Model: Adel Szegadi, Basic Models and Dasha Liashova, AVE Management
Makeup: Christian Maranion