Reflector and natural light

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Lighting setup and lighting diagram

Cecilie Harris tells us how she took this photo using only a window and a reflector: – “Shot indoor at the Ragged School Museum that provides a lot of natural light coming in through windows and even holes in the ceiling. This image was shot for my “Boys by Girls” project (www.boysbygirls.co.uk) for the first coffee table book for this project.
When I have enough daylight to play with that comes in even if I’m shooting on an indoor location, I really prefer using the natural light I have. So I tend to adapt my outdoor techniques indoor. If I don’t have enough light, then I will bring with me my lighting kit. But for those who follow my work, they’ll know I’m addicted to what you can do with natural light and bouncing that around, be it using reflectors or reflective surfaces.”

School of lighting setups

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You better pay attention to these lighting tips, or Cecilie might give you a detention.

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A lighting diagram for you to study

Cecilia Harris takes us to an old class room to teach us about lighting setups.

– “Shot indoor at the Ragged School Museum that provides a lot of natural light coming in through windows and even holes in the ceiling. This image was shot for my “Boys by Girls” project (www.boysbygirls.co.uk ) for the first coffee table book for this project.
For this image in particular I really utilised the holes in the ceiling which were letting in so much natural light. This really makes this location so amazing to work with. A simple reflector added to filling in any shadows on the model’s face.”

Natural light photography using a window and a reflector

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Natural light FTW!

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Lighting diagram of the window and the reflector

Cecilie Harris gives us the details for this lighting setup:

– Shot indoor at the Ragged School Museum that provides a lot of natural light coming in through windows and even holes in the ceiling. This image was shot for my “Boys by Girls” project (www.boysbygirls.co.uk) for the first coffee table book for this project.

When finding the right location there’s no need for lighting equipment

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– "I can't believe it's natural light!"

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Lighting diagram for natural light fashion photography

London photographer Cecilie Harris tells us how she took this photo:

– Shot outdoors. The beauty with the lighting in this photo is that there is no lighting! It’s simply knowing where to place your model. Although slightly overcast, there was still light almost coming through, so it created natural lighting without shadow in the models face. There were also a white wall behind and next to the model, as well as white stones on the ground, so the light coming from above was reflecting all over. The model was places with his front towards the sun that was trying to break through. Simple, but effective!

Blog tips! You can follow Cecilies blog to keep up with her latest work http://cecilieharris.blogspot.com/

Reflector lighting setup

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If you spot a good looking man standing in the sun, fold out your reflector and he will look even better.

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The sunlight and a reflector is all you need to take beautiful photos like this.

Many of you already know London based photographer Cecilie Harris from some previously published lighting setups. Now she is back with some more of that great stuff, starting with a lighting setup using only a reflector.

Cecilia Harris: – For this shoot I actual had real sunlight to play with and not just light on an overcast day. This created some cool natural shadow and lighting effects, and unwanted shadows were easily filled with a reflector. The low f stop really helps bring the model in focus.

Fashion photography using natural light from a window

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Natural light photography FTW!

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Lighting diagram of the natural light photo

Stockholm based photographer Jessica Wikström gives us this amazing lighting setup using only natural light.

Jessica: – The big window behind me gave a beautiful golden light on the model and i didnt have to use anything else but the window.

Backlight portrait lighting setup

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Great make up and great lighting.

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A octabox source from behind and a reflector from the side.

Here’s a simple but useful lighting setup from photographer Jessica Wikström.

Jessica: – The plan for this picture was to create a soft backlight but I changed my mind and got the reflector to lighten up the models face and get some more contrast into the picture.

Beauty shot lighting setup

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I could do this too if I had a million dollar studio, you might be thinking aight?

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Beauty shot lighting diagram

Photographer Jessica Wikström shows us how to take first class beauty shots, just like the ones you see in all those glossy magazines, using very little equipment.

Jessica: – You dont always need a studio to take a clean shot! In this photo the model is standing infront of the bathroom door at the make up artists place. The make up artist was also my assistant and held the softbox over my head and i was sitting on a chair under it.