Portrait and fashion photographer Lindsay Adler is not only a great photographer, but also a superb educator. Just recently she did a session with creativeLive on studio lighting, and also taped a new show with Framed Network. In her most recent video, Lindsay shows a very cheap (between $0 and $20) way to create beautiful soft light just by using your window and some black foam core. No need in expensive strobes, no need in extra equipment. and the results are amazing.
The trick? shoot low. Instead of shooting right in front of the window and making the light look flat, move your model to a sitting position, and shoot when the light source (The sun coming from the window) is above the subject. This trick modifies the light and carves out the cheekbones and jaw-lines, which gives depth to the photo. To add to the effect, Lindsay gives another tip: use black foam core next to the model to block some of the light coming in and shape the light even more. 2 simple tricks that involves no expensive equipment or studio space. Anyone can do it.