A studio and complex lighting setup are by no means required ingredients for a successful portrait shoot. In fact, you don’t need either one. Well, you do need light but that light source can be a window and any room in your house can serve as a studio. Why would you want to shoot portraits this way? Maybe you prefer the look, maybe the weather isn’t fit for an outdoor session, maybe you have no intention of buying all the gear the pros use for studio shoots. The reason doesn’t really matter — if you want to learn more about shooting portraits with available light, keep reading for a few helpful tips.
Locate Your Light Source, Assess Quantity And Quality
For the scope of this discussion, we’ll just stick with a window as the primary source of light. Everyone’s got a window. Bigger windows are better because they let in more light. In addition to the quantity of light you’ll need to determine the quality of the light. Window light is generally soft, but exactly how soft it is can change throughout the course of the day. There’s really no wrong time of day to use window light; it’s a good idea to spend a few moments in the room where you will be shooting just observing the light and visualizing how you to use it to illuminate your subject.