People talk a lot about how nice window light is for making portraits. This is because it is directional. The light is coming into the scene from a specific angle. How do you find nice directional light when you are shooting portraits? In this video, author Levi Sim discusses things to consider when finding directional light.
- People always talk about how great…window light is for making portraits,…and that's because it's directional,…it's coming from the sides, and it doesn't have light…coming straight down from overhead.…Some places I might find these improvised…porches and windows are under a bridge,…like at a park, there's often bridges, or a pavilion.…We could look for a porch on an actual porch,…at the side of somebody's house,…or the eave of a building, or the awning at a storefront.…We can use a tree, a tree overhanging and shading…the area underneath is a terrific porch or window.…
So there's lots of opportunities out there…to find covering overhead with directional light…coming in from the sides.…One thing to watch out for is…at a park like this, you don't want to end up…photographing towards the street…where there are lots of cars parked on the street,…because you'll end up with the sunlight…shining off of those windshields…and giving you these bright highlights…in the background of your picture.…So be a little bit picky about your porches.…
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- Leveraging different types of light
- Finding the right light for the right mood or effect
- Taking portraits for business and family clients
- Making the camera and light work together
- Helping people look their best
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Principles of Portrait Lighting
2. Making Soft Light
3. Five Lighting Patterns
4. Making and Finding Directional Light
5. Ten Portraits with One Light
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