Many photographers love using natural window light, and I must admit I’m one of them. But when the weather just isn’t cooperating, you have to rely on artificial lighting. Still, you can recreate that window light that you like, and in this video, Barry Mountford shows you how.
In the video, Barry recreates a food photo that he shot in natural window light. And to get a similar result, he observes the shadows in the original image. He places his strobe so that it shines the light from the same direction as the sun in the first image. And since it was shot in direct sunlight that creates a strong contrast, Barry adds a snoot to the strobe.
The second strobe is only there to add a little bit of a fill so that the shadows aren’t too harsh. However, you can also do this with a reflector, so you don’t even need the second strobe.
take a look at Barry’s video for more details and to see the original image and its recreation with studio light. I think that it looks quite good, so this setup is something to have in mind the next time you want strong window light, and the sky is grey and dull.