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Creative Portrait Lighting

12 time-proven lighting techniques for making pro-quality portraits

8. Ya Gotta Love Window Light

The Renaissance painters used window light to create their masterful portraits. So can you. When posing your subjects, have them turn their heads left and right and notice where the shadows fall on the face. A slight turn can make a big difference in the lighting. In most cases, you want the eye well-lit, which means you want the subject facing the window. Also experiment with subject position. Have the subject move closer to and further away from the window, and see how the light illuminates the subject’s body.

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