How to Create Window Light in a Windowless Location

Window light is one of the most popular lighting setups for all kinds of photography and video projects today for many reasons. Mainly, it creates a positive and relaxed atmosphere, while it also illuminates the subjects with a clean and cozy high-key lighting. However, what if you want to create this effect in a location without spacious windows, like a studio? This quick video tutorial from The Slanted Lens has the answer.

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How to Use a Flash for Food Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds review images (5 of 24)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

That beautiful natural light effect that everyone loves in their food photography can be created at any time of day or night–and you don’t need to wait for the best times of the day for it to happen. By using a flash (mostly out of the hot shoe but sometimes in it) you can create those really beautiful food photos that make you want to indulge in all the things.

And to be honest, it’s really, really not hard to do. If anything, food photography with a flash is a one trick pony and what will make the images better are adding textures and interesting compositions/patterns. That part is all up to your own creative freedom.

Here’s how you can use flash for better food photography.

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Getting the Look of Window Lighting in Your Photos: a Tutorial Video

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Window lighting tutorial photos (2 of 3)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

The photo above would not have been possible at a lower ISO without the aid of a flash. Additionally, it also gives us that beautiful window light look that so many food photographers love and crave. We’ve talked about window lighting tutorials before, but today, we’re releasing a video showing you how to do them.

The image above was show at ISO 100, but the image after the jump is at 6400. As most photographers know, at higher ISO settings you tend to lose the details in a photo. But just by adding a single flash, you get all the benefits of window lighting and the high details at lower ISOs.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Making the Most of Window Lighting for Photos

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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Useful Photography Tip #72: Mimic the Look of Window Light By Bouncing a Flash at a Window Shade

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer With and without flashes for a window lighting tutorial (1 of 2)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

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Everyone loves the look of window lighting. But in order to get that very soft, diffused look that we all see in some of our favorite food photos, we either need to wait for the right light or we need to crank the ISO levels up to the really high levels. That can provide a fundamental logistical problem because it requires the right scheduling. This is only true though if you don’t have a single speedlight.

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