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Natural lighting question
Old 10-31-2003, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a nice little place to take pictures. The one downside is the only window, though a large one, is facing south. As rotating the building around 180 degrees or moving it to the southern hemisphere are out of the question, whatís a boy to do?

Do I try and diffuse it with a thin drape or other translucent screen? Do I balance the light with a reflector? Or, do I block it off with heavy curtains and stick with studio lights?

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Old 10-31-2003, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ANY light is good light! Here's a few thoughts:

1 - put the model against the window and reflect or use fill flash.

2 - shoot from the side and use the strong light contrasts to define the model's figure

3 - create some shapes to cast interesting shadows.

4 - shoot at sunrise and sunset

5 - shoot at noon and bring the model a few inches inside the stong light being cast from the window. Use the bounce off the floor.

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all of the above
Old 10-31-2003, 02:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you pretty much just answered your question [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
 
 
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This example is shot with one reflector out of site to the left, otherwise natural window light as you can see.


Same lighting as above.

No doubt you see the great variations that come from the posing, placement of the model, and where the reflector is pointed. Same light, same reflector, but two very different looks. Both are of Renee and were shot within 1 or 2 minutes of each other.

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