Window Light for Portraits

Indirect window light is soft and flattering for portraits of family, friends and pets. It works best to have the person face the window and the photographer stand with their shoulder to the window. Then the subject can either turn her head toward the window for front lighting or toward the photographer for more dramatic side lighting.

Maureen by window light

Expose for the person's face (using the spot meter helps) and decide whether or not to include part of the window in the image. If you include too much of the window light source, the contrast becomes extreme and makes getting good detail in the shadows more challenging. You can place a reflector opposite the window to bounce light into the shadows or use photo editing software to lighten the shadows in editing.

Learn more about window light portraits in Window Light Photography starting November 27, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.