Natural Light: Controlling the Direction

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 10, 2015

Category: Photography

A short while back I posted some images from a gym shoot with Fitness Physique Athlete Glenn Richardson and in it I posted a series of natural light shots taken during the session.

For one of the shots I omitted to give you a look at a diagram to show positioning of Glenn so you can get an idea of where the light came from, so that’s what I’ve got for you here; plus it continues on from the natural light portraits I shared with you a few posts back.


For the series of pictures we were working on here we just used the window light but unlike in an earlier post where I used the curtains to control the light, there weren’t any in the shoot. So, this just meant getting Glenn to position himself back from the window (almost as if he was hiding from someone outside if that makes sense) so that it narrowed down the amount of light hitting him.

In ‘A’ below the light is coming directly from one side. This would result in the side of Glenn nearest to the window being lit and the opposing side being in shadow. As this wasn’t the look I was after, Glenn was positioned back from the window and the result of which is that the light from the window is hitting Glenn at an angle.


Oh and as for lens choice, I was using the Canon 85mm f/1.8 which I find to be a great lens all round; lightweight, small, sharp and best of all…cheap as chips compared to it’s f/1.2 cousin.

Right, that’s all for today so I’ll catch you back here next time.


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  1. Lynda

    Thank you for that info. Did you say that you have filmed a course for scott kelby on shooting bodybuilders and the like – so need a course on this Regards

    • Glyn Dewis

      Hi Lynda. Yeah a couple of classes were filmed and should be coming out any time soon. I’ll keep you posted.
      Regards, Glyn

      • Lynda

        Thank you Glyn, much appreciated


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