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Window lighting can be absolutely beautiful for many types of photo shoots. Food photographers love it and portrait photographers highly value the way that it renders an image. However, window lighting isn’t always ideal. It can be quirky, can only work to the way you want it to at certain hours, and has lots of factors that can affect it.

Here’s how you can make the most of window lighting.

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Model: Natalie Margiotta

One of the absolute best ways to photograph a person using natural lighting is to backlight them. If the sun is in front of them, then they’re going to need to squint. But if the sun is behind them, then not only is the subject not squinting but they’re also getting a free rim light.

Photographer Mike Brown did a tutorial on this a while back and specifically talks about needing to use exposure compensation or switching to manual mode to do it. You start off by positioning the sun behind your subject to give them a bit more of a glow and then overexposing your scene. Alternatively, if you spot meter with your camera, you won’t have to worry about overexposing the scene overall because the camera will meter for the specific spot.

If you haven’t tried backlighting, we recommend that you give it a shot and see just how beautiful a photo you can create. We’ve got a significantly more in-depth guide here. Typically this is done during the golden hour, but it is also a great way to shoot during the middle of the day.

Mike’s video on backlighting portraits is after the jump.

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All images by Dan Bannister. Used with permission.

Photographer Dan Bannister is behind the #wokeuplikethis photo project; which plays on the popular Instagram hashtag but specifically showcases professional models without makeup. Dan is a commercial photographer that works with models, makeup, and all the production elements you can possibly think of. But for this project, he tells us, “I wanted to create some images that were devoid of all the elements that go into typical shoot with models and present images that were more about the subject in a raw sense.”

We chatted with Dan about the process of taking portraits like this and the motivation behind it.

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All images by Simon Chetrit. Used with permission.

Photographer Simon Chetrit has been shooting for many years now, and he’s almost never seen here in Brooklyn without his venerable Pentax 67. Simon has used the camera for many years and bonded with it in some ways. Every photographer has a camera that helped them build their career, and his is the 67. Simon tells us that the camera helped him develop confidence in himself and get over shyness when interacting with strangers on the streets.

Like many other modern film shooters, Simon loves the fact that shooting film forces him to put more effort into the photo before he even presses the shutter.

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All images by Sarah Loreth. Used with permission

We tend to interview lots of surreal portrait photographers here, but the work of Sarah Loreth particularly stands out for the sole reason that she puts in loads of effort to do everything in the camera. Of course, she wasn’t always that way.

Sarah was interviewed by us before about how travel photography and how she quit her job in the medical world to pursue her creative dreams. But what we weren’t aware of is that she does a lot more than just shoots beautiful landscapes. Sarah is also a heck of a portrait photographer with ideas fueled by her emotions and that use the areas that she travels to as her personal canvas.

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All images by Lamphouse Photograph Co. Used with permission.

It’s every photographer’s dream to quit their day job and get paid to travel around and create images; and the folks behind Lamphouse Photograph seem to be off to a great start. They’re the proprietors behind a less than average photo booth.

The brainchild of Conan and Katherine Fugit, Lamphouse Photo Co. is a full-service photo booth company primarily based in Wichita, Kansas. Since 2012 they have taken and developed over 500 portraits in their traveling portrait studio “The Lampy Camper” and most recently they introduced the world’s only Grand Wagoneer photo booth.

We talked to the Fugit’s about the business behind it, and how they settled on the choices that they made.

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