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Window Light Style Portraits

Chuck Vosburgh - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

An examle of a Window Light style of lighting for a portrait. Model: Gamze, Photographer: Chuck Vosburgh

The window light style of portrait lighting is a classic style that works well with both males and females. The hallmarks of this style is the shape of the shadow on the near side of the nose and the highlight on the side of the face away from the camera. For this piece, a snoot was used as a hair light at about 45º and to the rear. Two large soft boxes were positioned as shown in the drawing and a reflector was used to open up the shadows a bit more and to block the rear soft box from casting a glare on the lens. here's how it was done:

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