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How to Cut a Window into a Backdrop for Shafts of Light


In this 5-minute video from The Slanted Lens, learn how to create a window in a seamless and add beautiful shafts of light into your studio shots.

The effect of the light will change depending on the size or shape of the hole you create in the backdrop. Think carefully about the design of the window and what kind of atmosphere you are trying to create.

Positioning a light source at a distance behind the hole will project shafts of light into the shot. Just don’t forget to add a smoke machine to really bring out that beam of light.

For this shoot, Jay P Morgan went for an archway with “bars” (made from black tape) to give the impression of a castle room – an easy way to transform his living room into something more medieval.

Adding pieces of diffusion to the window is another way to change up the shot, particularly if you want to remove any detail from what is behind your new window. You can even add diffusion to only some parts of the window, giving the impression that it has been broken.

This is a nice technique to try for some creative studio shots. Thinking outside the box can give great results.