Tip of the Day: Interior Motives

Photographing a portrait indoors using only natural light will usually give your pictures a soft and flattering look.

Photographing a portrait indoors using only natural light will usually give your pictures a soft and flattering look. Here are a few tricks to make the most of window light.

• The hard light of early morning is softened when it passes through windows that are a little dirty or covered by translucent curtains.

• Old glass diffuses the light more than the glass in newer windows.

• The softness and low power of window light makes depth of field more difficult to achieve, so try shooting at an aperture of f/4 or f/5.6.

• Since daylight is always shifting, plan your shoot around where the sun will be in the right place: east-facing rooms in the morning, south-facing rooms in the middle of the day, and west-facing rooms in the late afternoon.

ADAPTED FROM FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES OF THE TRADE BY BRUCE SMITH (AMPHOTO BOOKS, 2009; $30)

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