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Window Light Portraits for Stills and Video by Jay P. Morgan “The Slanted Lens”

Posted on April 28, 2012 in Photography, Tips

Window Light Portraits for Stills and Video by Jay P. Morgan “The Slanted Lens”

If you’re a photographer who enjoys shooting with natural light, this video is for you. In this video, Jay P. Morgan will go over how to use window light as an effective light source to create portraits.

Window light is a natural light source that can create beautiful light for portraits in video and stills. It’s a quick light source that is controlled by the size of the window and the proximity of the subject to the window or light source. Large windows give softer light with brighter backgrounds, and smaller windows give harder light with darker backgrounds. It’s the same principle as soft boxes: large boxes create soft light, and small boxes create more directional light. Jay P. Morgan will demonstrate using window light as a backlight, key light, or flat frontal light. In the process, he will explain how skin tone and hair color effect the way we light. Jay P. Morgan also will discuss how to overcome the challenge of combining someone with dark hair and olive skin and someone with fair skin and red hair.

As always, make sure to watch the destruction at the end. Spoiler alert: no one was shot or fired this time.

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