Window Light Portraits: Weekly Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Window Light Portraits: Weekly Photography Challenge

During the week we posted a simple exercise here on dPS to practice working with Natural Light (from a window) when taking portraits.

Today we thought it might be fun to make the exercise this weeks photographic challenge as it’s both simple to do and something that has the potential to teach you a lot (and all you really need to do it is a camera and a window (or even a door would do).

3 directions window light

Read the exercise here and then get to taking some window lit portraits!

Once you’ve taken your ‘Window Light Portrait’ image and have upload it to your favourite photo sharing site either share a link to it or – embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSWINDOW to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the images posted in our last challenge – Sunlight challenge where there were some great images submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some older comments

  • micky_alegre

    April 27, 2013 08:54 pm

    this is only point and shoot.. please feel free to leave a comment.. thanks..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91503371@N04/8685892074/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • Yvonne

    April 24, 2013 08:16 am

    ok not sure what happen but my image link did not show up, so I will try again....

    Took this of our dog Zoey. Late afternoon light is from our front door bevel glass window.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8672241930_3e6531a088_z.jpg

  • Yvonne

    April 24, 2013 12:02 am

    Took this of our dog Zoey. Late afternoon light is from our front door bevel glass window.

  • blueb3ll

    April 23, 2013 12:52 am

    As I don't have a model at the moment, I have used a picture I took last year on my daughter's birthday

    http://500px.com/photo/31756547

  • John

    April 16, 2013 12:19 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29432399@N06/8654194454/

  • ClaraLP

    April 16, 2013 01:50 am

    http://claralaplume.smugmug.com/Events/Portraits/28878301_WFxJGK#!i=2453427390&k=QqpKd2K&lb=1&s=A

  • Mick

    April 13, 2013 10:33 pm

  • Paul Z

    April 13, 2013 02:36 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11151968@N04/8629719537/in/set-72157633189059945/
    Couldn't get the image to embed in my comment, so now I am just trying the link. This is a shot of my newborn son.

  • Paul Z

    April 13, 2013 02:29 am

    The comment is not accepting my image. Suggestions?

  • tgreene

    April 12, 2013 10:19 pm

    Light from the window
    http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp259/flowerfriend/Rabbits/Casper3-24-13_zps77dd9054.jpg

  • YeeJiaCin

    April 12, 2013 02:53 pm

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/5584_10200933910778829_1183416530_n.jpg

  • monotag

    April 12, 2013 03:28 am

  • srikanth

    April 11, 2013 06:40 pm

    Took this pic of my daughter when she was playing near window,pic is somewhat blurry sorry for that...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/srikanthpanchikarla/8640025830/in/photostream

  • srikanth

    April 11, 2013 06:39 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/srikanthpanchikarla/8640025830/in/photostream

  • Sanju

    April 11, 2013 11:33 am

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151524012949464&set=a.440629464463.231616.831064463&type=1&theater

  • Zak

    April 11, 2013 08:58 am

    http://500px.com/photo/30445723

    Window light...

  • Subhra Kar

    April 10, 2013 04:53 am

    Sharing the flickr link...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/subhrakar/5500410222/in/photostream

  • Dana M

    April 10, 2013 03:02 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/danadoodle/8634292475/in/photostream
    window light

  • Dana M

    April 10, 2013 03:00 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/danadoodle/8634292475/' title='IMG_5268-2' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8634292475_6fc7135cec_z.jpg']

    See more from this session at http://www.danasuephotography.com/2013/04/holly-and-her-horse.html

  • Linda Gafford

    April 10, 2013 02:28 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64948587@N07/8635337910/

  • gnslngr45

    April 10, 2013 02:26 am

    Used a window at my daughter's birthday party:

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8614667127_d85c2f7ee4_c.jpg

    Flickr:
    http://bit.ly/oufr4c

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8614667127_d85c2f7ee4_c.jpg' title='8614667127_d85c2f7ee4_c.jpg']

  • therese

    April 10, 2013 02:16 am

    www.flickr.com/photos/thereseostberg

  • Shukur

    April 9, 2013 12:48 pm

    Window Light
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mohdshukurjahar/8632661013/

  • LH

    April 9, 2013 04:18 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/larrycabin/8631379875/in/photostream
    Morocco El Jadida

  • LH

    April 9, 2013 04:16 am

  • Billy Brooks

    April 9, 2013 02:09 am

    A shot of my blue-eyed ladykiller!
    [eimg url='http://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/photo.php?fbid=459517537446173&id=100001637921257&set=a.103355743062356.4815.100001637921257&__user=100001637921257' title='photo.php?fbid=459517537446173&id=100001637921257&set=a.103355743062356.4815.100001637921257&__user=100001637921257']

  • sreeranj sreedhar

    April 8, 2013 07:08 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200987594874905&set=a.4173426056766.175055.1317732695&type=1&theater

  • Big mike

    April 8, 2013 02:58 pm

    I think I did my last link wrong. This is the photo of my beautiful baby golden retriever http://www.flickr.com/photos/94748098@N05/8630802862/in/photostream

  • Big mike

    April 8, 2013 02:55 pm

    This is the new photo of my puppy golden retriever

  • Mark baily

    April 8, 2013 08:13 am

    My first wedding shoot taken yesterday http://www.flickr.com/photos/chefb666/8628476071/in/photostream

  • H.M. Evans

    April 8, 2013 05:09 am

    I tried posting the code but I'm guessing maybe it didn't work so I'll try it again. If this works this time, then this is my son sitting next to a window looking out....

    http://flic.kr/p/e6cvUN

  • Othello Caleon

    April 8, 2013 02:50 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/agidy_yelov/7072324341/in/photostream/

    (First posting didn't seem to work)

  • Mark baily

    April 7, 2013 08:08 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chefb666/8292772446/in/photo stream my baby louie

  • Paul

    April 7, 2013 05:30 pm

    I'm not sure if my last link worked.
    Let's try this one.

  • Judy Royal Glenn

    April 7, 2013 12:00 pm

    A "window light portrait" of my favorite subject to photograph.....Ginger (the cutest puppy in the world). I photographed her while she was in her pj's:)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/judyroyalglenn/8517748725/in/photostream

  • solange

    April 7, 2013 11:02 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66062078@N03/8626518186/in/photostream/

  • Wieger wijnia

    April 7, 2013 10:03 am

    http://500px.com/photo/22480551

  • Venancio Filho

    April 7, 2013 05:41 am

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/9c189ef27180b98f0dff58531e942b06/tumblr_mkspq8Mlem1qzgp3qo1_500.jpg

  • Jim Finnegan

    April 7, 2013 03:18 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfinn2009/8625367374/in/photostream

  • Calvin Warren

    April 7, 2013 01:12 am

    http://tinypic.com/r/1o81uh/6

  • Calvin Warren

    April 7, 2013 01:12 am

  • Geneviève

    April 7, 2013 01:06 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/djali84/8617266201/

  • Subhra Kar

    April 6, 2013 11:37 pm

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/484167_462839120455583_830832848_n.jpg

  • Paul

    April 6, 2013 07:40 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninjalem/8624257200/

  • Paul

    April 6, 2013 07:14 pm

    I took this of my 3 year old, quite the little poser!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninjalem/8624257200/in/photostream

  • Venâncio Filho

    April 6, 2013 04:28 pm

    My submission, near a big window at my studio:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/venancio2007/8624047998/in/photostream

    Shot with Canon EOS 7D + 50mm 1.8 EF + natural light
    info: 50mm | 1/125 | f 1.8 | ISO 100

  • Dr_Fu_Manchu

    April 6, 2013 01:42 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29432399@N06/8122638104/

  • Barry Scully

    April 6, 2013 12:15 pm

    Taken while testing out my new Tamron 24-70

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stochasticmotions/8358974793/in/photostream

  • inkid

    April 6, 2013 11:15 am

    my son playing his toy at the near a big window
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkid/8617632233/

  • Scottc

    April 6, 2013 09:10 am

    Not sure this is an exact fit for the portrait aspect of the theme, the angle is different, but it is window-lit.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4557804773/

  • Kiril.M

    April 6, 2013 08:36 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/4779584731/in/photostream/

  • Kelly Chiodi

    April 6, 2013 07:37 am

    http://kelclicks.chiodifamily.com/blog/2013/2/just-one[/img]

  • Lukasz

    April 6, 2013 07:35 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazlo/8622030405/in/photostream

  • Rob

    April 6, 2013 07:20 am

    Posting again not sure what happened the 1st time.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31552168@N05/8623089864/

  • Venâncio Filho

    April 6, 2013 05:57 am

    I used a big glass door / window for this one.
    Shot with Canon EOS 7D + 50mm 1.8 EF

    info: 50mm | 1/125 | f 1.8 | ISO 100

    http://venancio.tumblr.com/image/47207612896

    Thanks!

  • Ankur

    April 6, 2013 05:43 am

    Self portrait using window light
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ankur_dreams/8510991509/in/photostream/

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