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Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

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3. Window Light

Nothing beats a large, indirect, natural light source. For a staff portrait shoot of the filmmaking crew at Old Machine, I took advantage of their studio’s bank of large, East-facing windows by timing my shoot for the afternoon, when the light would be overhead (Figure 3.1). I planned on shooting waist-up portraits of the subjects on a black backdrop, so all I brought with me, besides my camera, was a black V-flat and a 40x60-inch, silver sheet reflector. This reflector is part of a reflector panel kit made by LumoPro. I didn’t need the whole stand, however. Just the sheet, which folds up quite nicely in my camera bag.

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