Tips for Using Window Light in Nude Photography

The flash light as key delivers in this situation a crisp and bold light. The window lighting helps supporting my visual signature style: brightness.
I used a strip as modifier for a) softening the light and b) controlling the light distribution more accurate.

  • In this setup I use the window light just as a fill in.
  • The main light (key light) comes from a studio strobe with a strip soft box, vertical aligned.
  • The strip light limits the light distribution well and prevents to much reflection in the window.
  • Important is to set a low shutter speed so the ambient light (sun/window) can greatly impose the atmosphere.
  • Due to use of flash as your key light the image will not be shaky as the flash itself lit with more than 1/1000 sec. So no worries. But always double check on your display (zoom in).
  • Also set the ISO a bit higher, this influences the overall ambient light characteristic too.
  • A wide aperture setting allows more opportunity for light to “bounce around” in the lens.
  • The background is blown away on this particular photo because it was a very sunny day.
  • Photoshop: Model skin & make-up retouched, general brightness/contrast & color adjustments

Combined Photo Lighting – Sun & Flash Light

Lighting Setup: Window Lighting: Natural Light Only - Set Marketa BelonohaPhotography Lighting - Window Lighting: Natural and Flash Light Combined - Set Marketa Belonoha

Tech Sheet

  • Key light: Flash with a strip
  • Fill in: Sun
  • White Balance: 5600K
  • Focal length: 85mm
  • F-stop: 8
  • Shutter: 1/15
  • ISO: 200


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