Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Window Light

Here are a couple of my favorite photographs - my brother and his wife with their first child. They are also a good example of the quality of ambient light. I like to use natural light whenever possible for portraits. Diffused windowlight always gets me excited. Directional, yet soft, it wraps around the subject with an easy transition from the highlight to shadow side of the face. The transition can be eased even more with a reflector held by an assistant just out of the frame. Notice that the subject is not in the direct sunlight, and is set off a bit to the side in the diffused light. Taken in Virginia City, Nevada in 1974, using a twin lens 2-1/4 Mamiya C330f with a 55mm lens.

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