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Shooting Pro Portraits with Window Light in a Tiny Home Studio


If you’d like to shoot studio portraits but don’t have access to an actual studio or pricey equipment, you can achieve beautiful results with a minimalist setup in a small room that’s bathed in natural window light. Here’s a 5-minute video by photographer Irene Rudnyk that shows this type of setup for a recent shoot.

Rudnyk set up a backdrop in a room that has large bay windows.

She then had her model sit facing the window with her knees raised by cushions and dress held up by chairs.

Rudnyk photographed the model from in front of the window, standing on a step ladder for a flattering high angle and slightly off to the side to avoid casting shadows on the subject. Bringing your subject toward the windows as much as possible helps you utilize as much natural light as you can in the environment.

Here are the photos Rudnyk captured using her Canon 5D Mark III and 85mm f/1.2L lens:

Rudnyk previously showed how she did photo shoots in the same room using just a reflector and with Christmas lights.