Get Inspired – 15 Photos That Make Excellent Use of Indoor Window Light

Ritesh Saini
Ritesh Saini

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Being indoors might limit the photographic possibilities available to you…

But if you’re imaginative and extend your creative boundaries, the opportunities can be endless. You just have to be resourceful.

Window light is one of the resources you can use when shooting indoors. It is a source of directional light that adds a variety of effects to photos, particularly when shooting portraits, food, abstracts and still life. Direct sunlight coming through a window may sometimes cast interesting shadows which you can use for compositional effect.

This post is a collection of photographs that successfully utilize window light (both diffused and direct) to create great effects with different types of subjects. We hope that they inspire you to capture similar photos of your own. Give it a go!

Light is fundamental to photography, and having a strong understanding of light will open a new world of photographic opportunities. If you’d like to improve your understanding of light in photography, do check out Kent DuFault’s guide to understanding light. Take a look at it here.

Photo by Amaury Salas

Photo by Roberta Sorge

Photo by Ritesh Saini

Photo by Joe St. Pierre

Photo by jisoo kim

Photo by Jacek Dylag

Utilize light to control the mood and feelings in your photographs

If you’d like a better understanding of the light you encounter, to instill a sense of mood into your shots, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to understanding light.

Photo by Andrew Neel

Photo by Roberta Sorge

Photo by Taylor Harding

Photo by mana5280

Understanding light is the secret to incredible photography

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Photo by Ximena Nahmias

Photo by Joe St. Pierre

Photo by Oana Hodirnau

Photo by Orlova Maria

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About Ritesh Saini

About Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about nine years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. He recommends Kent DuFault's best-selling guide, Understanding Light Book One to learn how to understand and control light.

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