Beautiful Portrait Photographs Shot Indoors With Nothing But Window Light

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In photography, light is everything. Without light, there would be no photos. It is light that our cameras capture, after all, to create photographs. Most shots rely chiefly on ambient lighting – the available light that is already present in a scene, unless you are using artificial lighting like flash light or lamps.

Photographing indoors can be challenging if you lack dedicated lighting equipment. However, there is one source of ambient light that can very often provide you with beautiful results when shooting indoors – the light coming through your window. Portrait photographs benefit greatly from directional lighting and window light is an excellent source of one. Such a light adds drama, mood and interest to a portrait.

Note– If portrait photography is something that interests you and you'd like to get better at it, make sure to check out the guide on portrait photography over at Photzy – The Art of Portrait Photography. It has everything you need to know to succeed at producing beautiful portraits – quickly, efficiently and consistently. Go here now to check it out.

The following photos are wonderful examples of capturing portraits with nothing but window light. We hope they will inspire you in your photography and that you are able to produce beautiful portraits.

Olga with Pearl Earring
Photo by David Blackwell
Lovely and poetic portrait ( Creative Commons )
Photo by Wendelin Jacober
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Photo by Bethany Petrik
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Photo by Jill Lehmann
Self Portrait 2
Photo by Nicole Castanheira
Portrait
Photo by Lars Lejring
The Modern Femme Fatale
Photo by Nicki Varkevisser
Father Flecky
Photo by photoskate
Marina
Photo by Oleksii Leonov
And you may
Photo by Bridget H

Now that you've seen some wonderful portraits shot with window light, why don't you grab your camera, find a bright window and a willing subject to capture some of your own (if no one's available, take a self portrait!). Don't forget to share them in the comments below.

If portrait photography is something that interests you and you'd like to get better at it, make sure to check out the guide on portrait photography over at Photzy – The Art of Portrait Photography. It has everything you need to know to succeed at producing beautiful portraits – quickly, efficiently and consistently. Go here now to check it out.

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Ritesh has been photographing since 2010 and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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