Portrait of Swedish hockey legend Börje Salming, shot in natural light using only one window

This is a portrait lighting setup by Swedish photographer Frida Lenholm using only a window as a single light source. Since there is no expensive equipment needed, this is a lighting setup that anyone can test.

Frida: – I am very weak for portraits that are illuminated with window lights. For this portrait lighting with Börje Salming there was only one window in a dark room which created a nice contrast between light and dark.

The closer to the window you put the model, the faster the light will fall off, and give a stronger contrast. For more details regarding this, you can study the inverse-square law.

By placing Börje at an optimal distance from the window, I found a balance of contrast and even exposure that captures Börjes personality.

Portrait lighting setup using a window as a single light source.

Portrait of Alice Bah Kunkhe with a lighting setup using natural light from two windows

This is a portrait photography lighting setup from the Swedish photographer Frida Lenholm.

The photo of Alice Bah Kuhnke was for the cover of a local magazine in Sweden.

Frida: – Since I love backlight very much and had a short time, it was a good solution to us natural light and take the picture of Alice in the window.

The window in the back had the strongest light and was facing the sun. The transparent curtains reduced and softened the spill light around Alice. The window and the curtains also created a frame around Alice that accentuated the composition.

There was also a window from the side with less intense light, that worked as a kicker light that and lit up Alice from the side/front and made the exposure more even.

The photo is slightly overexposed and shot with a Canon 24-70mm /F2.8 lens.

Lighting diagram for the portrait in natural light

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 using natural light from a window

Natural light photography FTW!

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.