Windowlight on an Overcast Day

Windowlight on an Overcast Day

Recently, model Tiffany Nacke and I had a chance to play with light in the studio's kitchen on a very overcast day.

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Soft Windowlight from the Side

In the afternoon, the direct light just blasted its way into the studio from the west. It was so soft that the shadows were almost non existant. I pulled down the curtains to get as much of that soft, even, light into the space as possible.

I did not want to be left with flat, even lighting. To me, thats boring. I had to use this light wisely.

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In order to create a little bit of contrast in the scene, I kept Tiffany close to the source (windows) and a used a very large silver bounce. The light coming off this bounce was a bit punchy, which is exactly what we need to create a highlight that I can expose for, the rest of the scene then falls into place.

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It took some experimentation with distance and position to figure out what was a good place to keep that bounce.

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The above 'behind the scenes' images show the lighting setup that I used for BOTH series in this post. The lighting never changes. What did change, was where my lens was in relation to the light and model.

We shot with side light in the first series, lets try a strong backlight now.

Backlit Windowlight

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In this series of images Tiffany has her back to the windows. Don't be afraid to blow out that light source! The existing bounce was enough to bring light into her eyes and balance the rest of the ambient in the room.

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Take time to experiment with the studio's well balanced, natural light on overcast days such as the one on the day of this shoot. It is so easy to work with that your options are endless.

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Post by Atomic Joshua

Photographer + Filmmaker turned studio owner.

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