How to shoot with Window Light by “Photos by Emilie”

Winter is tough for the photography world.  It’s freezing & dull outside.  This tutorial will teach you how to capture a stunning image inside with window light.  The first rule is to pick a time of day when the sun in not directly coming into the windows.
Below are the 3 rules to placing your subject in relation to the window…
Rule #1: Place your subject on the same level as your light.  I used a table to lift the sweet baby off the ground and level with the window light.
Rule #2:  Place your subject close to the window.  You will be surprised how much difference the light will be just 1 or 2 feet away.

Rule #3:  Be sure to have lots of window between you and your subject.  This will create a softer light than if you have very little window between you and your subject.  (I did end up pulling that curtain all the way back and out of my light.)

Here are some more images I captured…

Happy Snapping!!
This is just one of the tips you’ll learn during my workshop.  I offer workshop in Salt Lake and
 Just a few of the things you’ll learn:
-Shooting in Manual Mode
-Perfect Lighting Every time
-My Favorite Poses
-The Magic of Photoshop
Photo By Emilie Workshops:
My next Salt Lake Workshop is Saturday, March 3rd.
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    Love these photography tips!

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    Great light and one adorable baby!


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    Great info. I have such a struggle with winter lighting. Thanks for sharing!

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    Great info thanks, I’m really trying to use natural light and no flash in my blog pictures as its much more flattering, trouble is in winter the UK only gets a few hours of daylight (when I’m at work lol!) x

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    Thx for sharing these great tips..I will sure aplly them

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    Natural light is the best! I love these photos and your rules. I will pin it to my Pinterest board so I don’t forget, thanks for sharing.

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    Such great tips. I struggle so much in the long winter months in Minnesota. Any recommendations for shooting interiors (where I can’t move the room to get the best light)? Do I just need to shoot different rooms at different times of day depending where the sun is?

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      Hi Jackie, Great question. Always shoot a room when the sun is on the opposite side of the house. If you’re shooting into the window point the blinds up just a touch and be sure to expose for the interior not the window. If your shooting into the room (away from the window) lift the blinds to let in the most light. I hope those little tips help.

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    What a beautiful child! Thanks so much for the tips!

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    What great tips! I needed this little bit of info. Thanks!

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    What nice, concise tips. Thanks! I’ve found the following site useful for predicting sunlight and position within a home or at a location. You just input the address, and it will show you via google maps which direction the sun will be throughout the day, and on any date. Great for scheduling portrait sessions! :) Hope that helps you as much as it has me.

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    Oops. Forgot the link: :)

  13. 14

    Great tips! Becoming a better photographer for my scrapbooking is one of my goals for 2012!

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    please tell me there was someone standing close to the baby in case she rolled or pushed off :(

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    shey0000 says:

    What was the backdrop made of?

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    Great photo tips for beginners. Cute baby too.

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