window light

This is one of my favorite ways to light my story  but it was not  always that way.  Ive had a change of heart as a big part of our life is happening in this home. I’ve come to love its telling ways to  shine through.  It just required patience and some observation to the quality of light in each room . Pay attention  and work that knowledge into your art . Sometimes bright and hard  sometimes the light is soft. 

Here in this light, you can capture the calmness on a rainy day, and the warmth and joy in a bright and sunny afternoon. The ways in which you can use window light are truly endless. You just have to use that observant eye and find how the light plays in different times of the day.


My Dining room has become a favorite portrait area that brings the mood. I just love creating in here since it brings an old world feel and often rembrandt vibe. Placing my children in the direct path and further away from the corner of the wall , exposing for the skin  brings instant drama. I can position my subject closer to the window and even move my table closer to the window to create that and embrace the shadows or feather the light so that my subject is no longer in the immediate path of light  yet  gently illuminated. Try this with stationary object and observe how the light changes. Turn off all the artificial light and connect with whats available.

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Often I have an idea and sometimes chance happens, the plot twists, but always in my work flow I have put the light first, prioritize it and study it in your surroundings.

Even when I have developed narratives themes, the story line unfolds and the one thing I can use to tell it effectively is the LIGHT.

Tip: I often take test shots and have my settings in place prior to preparing to tell the story . Once the character arrives ( my children, who are in fact joyful characters) I am free to let the story happen without fumbling my settings and missing moments . Even If I have to adjust my settings slightly due to recomposing the frame as the story changes; I am already  ahead of the process

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When your subject is facing the window you will have a well lit portrait with out lots of shadows on the face and will be able to capture catchlights in the eyes. Catchlights are important since it brings out the life in a human portrait and that natural shiny sparkle kids have , we lose that quality as we get older. . In this portrait I had anticipated  the moment  stood back in my closet as you can see the door and called her name, and took the shot .  The window is diffusing the light acting like a natural soft box. The Diffused light usually produces less contrast compared to the normal light, here the shadows are gentle and the acquired result is very much close to what we see with our naked eye.