6 ways to shoot portraits using window light: 5-6
05 Raindrops on the glass
You don’t have to be on the same side of the window as your subject. This photograph was shot from outside looking in. It wasn’t raining (for once!), so we filled a cup with water and flicked some drops randomly on the window pane. A cool-toned retro effect applied on the computer later on gave the final image a wistful, reflective mood.
06 Distance adds drama
If you move your subject further from the window, your light source effectively gets smaller, producing a more tightly-focussed light. Try this without a reflector for more contrast (above left), or with a reflector for a more balanced look (above right).
Reflectors never overpower the main light. We used a Profoto reflector, which is reflective on one side and black on the other. You can use the black side as a light ‘shutter’ to focus the light and increase the contrast.
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