“Behind the Curtain” Lighting a portrait with a window in the background

Here is a portrait I created recently. Kristy was sitting down in a chair in her living room with the dog on her lap. I pulled the chair away from the small window into the kitchen behind her to give the portait some depth. I also made sure that the other window to the outside was in the frame. I exposed for the window which by the way was ISO 320 at F-stop 5, and a shutter speed of 200th of a second. The camera was my Nikon D700 with a 50 mm 1.4 lens.

I created this portrait using two speed lights, (or flashes) One light up above the subject and camera right shot through an umbrella about 3 feet away from her, and one behind her about 12 feet and up about 7 feet in the air shot straight at her through the inside window from the other room.

Here is what the shot looked like with no lights in her living room. Not so hot with out lights ha?

About Seth Jacobson Photography

Portrait, Wedding photographer. Living in Rhode Island. A bit Obsessive about photography!!!

Posted on January 25, 2011, in behind the curtain, educational, photo tips, portrait photography and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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