Replicating a window-light portrait using studio lighting

Achieve the soft, gentle and natural look of a window-lit portrait using carefully positioned studio flash.

If you want to replicate the look and feel of natural lighting after the sun has set or when the window-light is just too weak, here’s how you can do it with flash. I’ve used two studio lights: one to light my subject, and another to throw enough light around the room to subtly separate her dark outfit from the black paper behind her.

If you don’t have studio flash, you’ll need to time your indoor shoots for when you have sufficient natural light. To achieve a similar effect simply stand your subject near a patio window. You’ll need a dark background; preferably a black paper roll (and not black velvet – watch the video to find out why).