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Monte Zucker shows how to take a portrait using window light.
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Guys this must be pretty boring here one light pattern and two poses but we do have three camera positions so we got that going for us. So again we’re working by daylight, same light pattern, same posing but the posing and the lighting are not the pictures, it’s everything that there when you snap the shadow. So let's just talk about the mechanics of it.
We've got the light, we've got the reflector, the background and we’re not really right next to the window. Another thing is we’re not including the window in the picture. I see so many pictures made by window light where the window is part of the picture or where the feeble is close to the window the light is to contrast. We’re about five or six feet away from the window of course we've got the ISO to step it up so it doesn’t matter. And the lighting is much softer and wraps around so much more easily when you are away from the window.
So let's bring Ashley in now. She was in the feminine pose before let's put her on the basic pose remember the basic pose is good for everybody. So Ashley if you’re come in here and sit down facing this direction make sure your feet are on the floor. I'm going to posing table up so that your elbow will come out there and your shoulders will slump just—I want to start—let's do it the right way.
Start with his shoulder facing the camera and take the back elbow pull it out, hand it back to you—nice. Turn your face to the left now, keep turning. That is not the lighting pattern. You see the shadow going all the way over on to the left side of her face and that’s a lot of full face. Okay, slowly turn your face to the right now. Keep going, keep going, keep returning.
We lose it, we lose the light pattern. Her face is going directly into the window light. Turn your face back to us now, that’s perfect. Now, it’s just the way we want it and your eyes right there I'm looking your right through the lens of the video camera now at you and it seems to me you have a little smile before that our light. Let see if we can see those teeth—Yes!
Let's compare now the window light technique for creating a portrait and the studio light technique. In the studio we pose her there and we move the light. In the case we’re working by window light we light the face first and the camera has to be right next to the window to get the light pattern that we’re looking for with wonder light. The pose is the same, the light pattern is the same everything remains the same except where you stand.
Let's now move from full face to 2/3 and the big mistake that everybody make is they leave the camera where it is and turn the face. No, you can't do that right now. Here's what we need you to do. Ashley just tip your head a little bit to right and I want your eyes centered so wherever you're looking look to the right. So look to the right some more, look to the right a little bit more in the eyes center. That’s perfect.
And now let's open up the shadows on your face. Bring this reflective around. Open those shadows on her cheek. Return it towards the window on, you’ve got it. Now let's highlight her hair bring that other reflector to the highlight her hair. Yes! Boy what a difference. That’s great. How about a smile now, yes, teeth, yes, we got it. These are great shuts and they're so simple.
It’s really no difference between the full face and the 2/3 by window light it just moving the camera further into the room. We had to leave it the way she was over light pattern would remain the same. She hasn’t change a bit let me just move the table here a tiny bit more just in front of you. Now, let's bring up this hand, the hand that’s away from the light then your wrist in, your chin down and again you're going to look—I don’t know does she look like a high school senior or older? It’s kind of hard to tell here. Let me look into here.
Sometimes when I crop in that close and I don’t show the full top of the head I tell the people when I'm taking the picture otherwise I think I made a mistake. How about a smile just like that? We left her exactly as she was for the 2/3 view and the basic pose brought up her left hand, the hand further from the window then turn wrist back so the back of her hand is in shadow. Tip the camera a little bit to her higher right shoulder and then went for expression.
How do we take a picture of you and your mom together and let me show you how we do it. It’s not a lot of pose and it’s very simple. You're going to be seated, she's going to standing. All right get here head very close to yours and I'm going to shoot horizontally. So Aaron come over here next to your daughter. All forehands around each other, cheek together come up a little bit higher than she is and we’ll get full face on both of you and let me get back here how the camera arrange.
Let see, Ashley turn your face to me a tiny bit, Aaron come up a little higher. Okay, Ashley push your cheek right up against your mom, now squeeze tight. Yes, yes, yes, bang! We got you, we got you. Thank you dear. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
There you have model into the picture was purely spontaneous idea but it usually works all the time. Ashley was seated, her mother was standing. She lean over just a little bit, we pushed their cheeks together, wrap their arms around her mother and got a picture that their both going to love for the rest of their lives.