Window Light is soft and flattering for portraits. The subject is placed close to the window & the photographer stands right next to it. The light will be bright on the window side of the subject's face and depending on how dark the room is the other side of their face will be in shadow. you can use a reflector to add light to this image - placed either underneath the model's chin or further into the room to reflect light back into the shady part of the picture.  You can also use the black side of the refelctor to deepen the shadows.  

Window light in a dark room 

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Philip's picture of Jamie Cullum 

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Philip's picture of Ricky Gervais 

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Annie Liebovitz's  picture of the Queen 

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Window Light was essential for early Photographers with long exposures. Victorian daguerrotype studios were at the top of the tallest buildings to gather as much light as possible

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Portrait and Fashion Photographers use Reflectors all the time. 

In countries where there is lots of sunshine it's nice to be able to shoot outside without models squinting. Reflectors allow the photographer to brighten a picture without using flash - the model stands with her back to the sun or in the shade and the phoptographer's assistant bounces light into the picture. 


The Photographer must take care not to make the reflection too harsh and the model must be careful not to look into the reflector 

Annie Liebovitz photographs Russell Brand as Captain Hook for Disney

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No reflector 

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Silver Reflector

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No Reflector

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Silver Reflector

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Silver reflector providing overall illumination

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Black reflector to the right deepening the shadow

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