Learn How To Shoot This Window Light Portrait Yourself

Portrait photographers generally use artificial light whenever they are working indoors, but window light can be a fantastic source of flattering natural light suitable for a portrait. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to set up and take a compelling portrait using window light and a reflector. 

Coming to you from our good friend, Pye Jirsa, with Adorama TV, this great video tutorial will show you how to construct and shoot a portrait using natural window light. Window light can be an easy and effective source of soft, flattering light that is suitable for portraiture. In particular, because our eyes and brains are so used to seeing people lit by it, it is a particularly good choice when you want a look that appears especially natural and organic. Depending on how you angle your subject relative to the window, you can encompass a variety of moods and create a bit of drama if you so please, and it does not take much work to get it set up. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jirsa. 

If you would like to learn more about lighting for portraiture, check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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