Window Light as Backlight for Portraits

Window Light as Backlight for Portraits

Hey everybody, and welcome to the Light Freak
channel. My name is Richard, and today we’re gonna do a video tutorial on window light.
Window light’s great for portraits because it’s a very soft and even light, and you don’t
even need any additional lighting equipment to do a window light shoot.
Normally, you’d shoot with the window at your back, so you’d be shooting with the light,
but today actually we’re gonna turn things around. We’re gonna be shooting against the
light, so the model will have the window at her back, and the window light will essentially
become a backlight. This makes for less soft but maybe more dramatic
and certainly more contrasty kinds of shots. I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial, it’s our
first video so it’s not gonna be perfect yet, but we’ll do our best to make it educational
and also a little bit entertaining. So, I can’t wait to see what we’ll come up with,
so let’s get crackin’! Okay, let’s start. We’re here today in my
flat and I got Amely with me, and we’re doing a little tutorial on lighting, and today we’re
actually doing window light. One thing that you have to realise is when
you do window shootings against the light is that you can’t really vary the direction
the light comes from, but what you can do is you can reposition the model, so that the
light hits her or him exactly the way you want it. So she can turn a little bit towards
the light, then the effect on her face will be entirely different, or she can turn away
from the light, which will almost give you a silhouette type of shot.
Beautiful. I’ll show you what that looks like. Maybe move slightly more towards me so that
we don’t get that much of the curtain. I’ll show it to the camera as well. Thomas is still
learning where to move the focus. Now turn your head slightly more to the window.
Yeah, just like that. And a bit more towards me again. Yeah, that’s looking great.
I’m changing the aperture now slightly, just to get some depth of field effects. I’m opening
up now to f/2.0, ISO is at 400 and shutter speed at 1/100 of a second.
Move slightly away from the window, just half a step. Exactly. But you can still look out
the window. Turn your head slightly more towards the window
please? Yeah, just like that. And just remember this pose and relax one time and then take
it again. So now your face is a bit more evenly lit.
Do you like them? Okay, let’s do some like this, so just some headshots and you can vary
your expression, and you can also vary where you look. If you want it to be more provocative,
you can look at the camera, if you want it to be more sensual, you can look away from
the camera. Or just past the camera, that always works well.
Just lower your hands for a second and start with some poses without the hands in the frame,
just the face. Beautiful. I’ll show you this real quick. Good? Because the nice thing about
it is that you get this nice edge light from here and then the fill light comes in from
there. What do you think? Good? – Nice. So, this effect becomes stronger the more
you turn towards the window. Yeah, exactly. Because then the edge light will hit more
of your face. Camera on me, please. Quick tip: Now we’re
using a flash actually, that’s bouncing off this wall to get a little bit of fill light.
The stuff that we did with the reflector just a few moments ago, now we’re doing with the
flash, which is set on almost minimum power. As soon as you got a flash, the exposure from
the flash will always be the same if you just change your shutter speed. This doesn’t have
any effect on the brightness of the flash. The shutter speed is now at 1/80 and if you
set it to 1/50 or 1/60, the backlight will become stronger, will become brighter. But
the exposure from the flash doesn’t change. So you can use shutter speed to balance out
the exposure between fill light from the flash and the backlight from the window.
So this is basically the strip light from the curtain, and this is the fill light from
the flash. If you like, you can now turn around and just
face the other direction, but keep your position the same. So, just position yourself here
basically, so that I get a hair light. So you stand here and the light from the window
will hit your hair, and you sort of look towards the scratching post. Very exciting.
Slightly further back. Yeah, perfect. Yeah, very nice. I’ll just show it real quick,
first to you, then into the camera. Now you get this hair light there. Works especially
nice if you move your hair to the other shoulder, but also works nice like this, because then
you get this rim light on your neck, which looks good too.
I’ll show that here as well. Okay? Got it? So, in this one, the hair light could be slightly
brighter maybe, so I’m just gonna lower the shutter speed, moving it from 1/80th to 1/60th. Now we’re cheating a little bit, because I use the window light as a main light, and
use the flash to get a little bit of exposure on her hair. Which is not really the topic
of this video, but it looks good, so I’m gonna do it anyway. Look towards me. Alright, that’s it for the first video. I
hope that you liked it, I hope that you got something out of it for you. And if you did,
please leave a subscription, please leave a like and watch for the next video tutorial
in about two weeks’ time. Until then, take care, and keep shooting.

6 thoughts on “Window Light as Backlight for Portraits

  1. Bild und Bewegtbild Top, Ton musst du unbedingt verbessern. Durch den starken Lautstärkeunterschied zwischen Musik, deiner Stimme und dem insgesamt viel zu niedrigen Pegel kann man das Video nur bedingt anschauen ohne die Lautstärke selbst ständig zu regeln.

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