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Window light is usually soft and flattering and desirable when photographing people. Traditionally, northern light is preferred by artists, (especially painters and photographers), because the light doesn’t change direction throughout the day, it’s extremely reflective, and has a constant cool value. (Google)
While taking pictures of customers in a friend’s second-story vintage clothing store, I was pleased that the room was lit by sunlight streaming from three large windows. Fortunately, there was no overhead lighting. If there had been fluorescent lighting, I’d have turned it off because the tubes usually emit a greenish colored light.
The entire interior of the business was painted pink with white trim so – since light reflects colors – a slight pink hue was added to my subjects. However, the tint was slight and somewhat flattering.
I told Ainsley not to look at me and made several shots. I used an 18-55mm lens from about five-feet away and my camera was set on P (Program), and ISO 400. I made sure my camera read her skin tone for a perfect exposure.
Note: I could have removed the background with a software program and even dropped in a different background, but that wasn’t what I wanted. (Actually, I’ve never done that.) I shot my style of an environmental portrait, which was a lovely young lady right where she was, using window light.