Window Light Portraits: Learn To Use Natural Light Indoors

JP Danko, Commercial Photographer

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17 Lessons (1h 53m)
    • 1. Trailer

      2:40
    • 2. Class Introduction

      4:35
    • 3. Location & Light

      11:45
    • 4. Gear Overview

      2:11
    • 5. Camera Settings

      8:43
    • 6. Silhouette DSLR & Mobile Demonstration

      2:10
    • 7. VSCO Silhouette Editing

      9:50
    • 8. Lightroom Silhouette Editing

      7:16
    • 9. Semi-Silhouette DSLR & Mobile Demonstration

      5:01
    • 10. VSCO Semi-Silhouette Editing

      7:29
    • 11. Lightroom Semi-Silhouette

      12:22
    • 12. Backlit DSLR Demonstration

      4:04
    • 13. Backlit Mobile Demonstration

      1:23
    • 14. Reflectors Demonstration

      3:10
    • 15. Snapseed Backlit Editing

      10:22
    • 16. Lightroom Backlit Editing

      14:41
    • 17. Conclusion

      4:49

Project Description

Capture a Portrait Using Window Light

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to create an amazing window light portrait of your significant other, child, friend or family member using your preferred natural window light style. 

The goal for this assignment is for you to learn to be deliberate about your photography.

After completing this course, you will be able to choose a specific natural window lighting style based on the examples presented in class (silhouette, semi-silhouette, back-lit), and then go and deliberately photograph your portrait using your preferred lighting style and the techniques learned.

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DELIVERABLE

Upload your natural window light portrait.  A completed project will include:

  • Your finished window light portrait after processing with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Mobile Apps (Lightroom, Snapseed and VSCO Cam are covered in the class) or your own preferred editing software.
  • A discussion on which window light style you chose and why.
  • Notes on how you achieved the window light look that you set out to capture including window and model positioning and camera settings.
  • Notes on your post processing techniques - what adjustments were made and why.

Be sure to post each image as you complete it, sharing your progress and getting valuable feedback as you move ahead with your project.

CONTEST

I’ll review the students projects and choose three winners to receive a personal portfolio review over Skype.  Upload your project by 11:59PM EST on April 30th, 2015 for consideration.

Special consideration will be given to students who submit entries for multiple window light looks - especially if you submit all three of the main window light configurations (silhouette, semi-silhouette and back-lit).

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