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CREATING MOOD WITH DIFFUSED WINDOW LIGHT

THE ASSIGNMENT
Shoot 20-30 images using diffused window light to create mood.
Pick your two favorite images & edit them -crop the photos and adjust tonal values.
Put your photos on Photoshop backgrounds.
Submit your two favorites images in the Advanced Photo Google Classroom "Window Light" folder.

SOME TIPS ABOUT SHOOTING WINDOW LIGHT
Using diffused window light for portraits can create a beautiful mood in your photos by provide a soft side or Rembrandt light for the subject. This assignment is all about beautiful light and mood. But window light can also create difficulties when metering, especially if the background is dark. Often when shooting window light, your camera may meter the entire scene, including the dark areas in the background. When this occurs, there is a tendency to overexpose your subject’s “lit” side. You’ll want to make sure that you correctly expose the lighter side of your subject’s face, even if it results in the other side of the subject’s face and the background area becoming dark. This is an excellent time for using manual exposure mode, or if you are using AV setting on your camera, use the exposure compensation button to refine your exposure.

EXPOSURE ISSUES WHEN USING WINDOW LIGHT
Make sure to adjust your esposure so that the subject is correctly exposed. Always expose for the highlights on your subject, don't let them get "too hot," or overexposed, it's ok to let the background or shadow side of your subject do "dark." (See examples below)

WHITE BALANCE ISSUES WHEN USING WINDOW LIGHT
Also, be aware that when shooting with window light, you may need to adjust the camera’s white balance. The diffused light coming through the window can add a blue or greenish hue to your images. Look critically at the color balance of your first exposure. You may need to use the “shade” setting to correct the blue cast in your image. Another option is to convert your image into black and white for a more “timeless” look to your window light image.