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.
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.
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.”
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.”
– 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.
– 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!
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.