Reflector and natural light

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

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

Natural light FTW!
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

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

If you spot a good looking man standing in the sun, fold out your reflector and he will look even better.
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 lighting without using any lighting equipment

Fashion photography without using any lighting equipment
Sometimes a window and a wall will do the job

This narrow room is not just an interesting rough looking location. It also provides good lighting possibilities, because of the short distance between the window and the wall on the other side of the room. Cecilie Harris took this photo without using any lighting equipment at all. Impressive.

So if you don’t own a lot of lighting equipment. Just smash down your toilet and you have a fully functional DIY photo studio.

Natural light fashion photography

Fashion photography using only natural light
Lighting diagram for fashion photography in natural light

Believe it or not but this stunning fashion photo by Cecilie Harris is shot using 100 percent natural light. Cecilie and the model were under a bridge to avoid direct sunlight and used the reflected light from the right.

Fashion lighting with reflector and speedlight

On the right location, a reflector and a speedlight is all you need to shoot amazing fashion photos.
The key light is natural and a speedlight is backlighting the wall.

Photographer Cecilie Harris shows us how to shoot amazing fashion with only a speedlight and a reflector. The unusual location provides light through a hole in the roof.