A portrait assignment for any kind of day. Portrait photographers carry around carloads of lights and reflectors but sometimes the simplest trick is to use a window to light your subject. The single light source can be dramatic or gentle. You can use a reflector (or a white sheet) if you want to fill in the dark shadows on one side of the face or just leave it moody. Think about the background and make sure it's not distracting.
As with any portrait situation the photographer needs to work hard to make sure the model is relaxed. Get the camera or phone ready and make sure you know what you are trying to achieve before you ask your subject to pose.
How ? Find a bright window Position yourself with one shoulder against the wall next to the window and place your model on the other side of the window - a little bit back from the window looking out or looking at you. This is not about direct sunlight. The subject should be facing the window but usually not in sunshine. Think about the room behind the subject. Ideally you want a plain wall or an uncluttered room. When we practise this in schools, most of the classroom walls are so covered in art and worksheets and stuff that it's difficult to get a nice clean background - at home it should be a lot easier. You might also decide to move the subject further back and show more of the space. Shoot lots of pictures.
Orphee @ 16 & Louis @ 5 days
Scene Mode Portrait - to enhance skin tones and give shallow depth of field - or shoot in Aperture Priority with the lens wide open ( hold steady and watch the shutter speed doesn't drop below 1/100thsec )
Philip's window light portraits
X Not like this. If you shoot your subject with the window behind them there's a good chance you'll accidentally make a silhouette. And make sure the space behind your subject is not cluttered or distracting. Use the wall as a neutral backdrop