lesson: enhancing window light in lightroom | by jamie eilts

Hello Everyone!  Jamie Eilts back on the blog again today!  As part of our blog introductions, we thought it would be fun to share a short lesson with you all.  I have so many things I am anxious to teach and share, but for today, I thought I would just show you a quick way to enhance the natural light from a window.

For those of you who don’t know me, I live in central Illinois with my husband and three young children.  We have long, cold winters here in my neck of the woods, so I get lots of practice shooting inside from November to April(ish).  One of my favorite places to shoot indoors is next to a window.  I love how the soft light from the window highlights the subject and then the shadows fall off behind.  It creates such a nice contrast in an image. 

I have a trick I often do in Lightroom to enhance window light in my photos and really make it pop.  In the space between the subject and the window, I use a custom brush or radial filter, and I paint with that brush in the direction that the light would be streaming.  The brush has a little added exposure and warmth and decreased clarity and dehaze.  I play with the feather/flow of the brush or filter on each individual photo to get the look I want to achieve. 

 SOOC

SOOC

 Initial Lightroom Edit

Initial Lightroom Edit

 Final Edit

Final Edit

 

I’ve made a video that shares my exact process and settings for my brush.  Hope this was helpful, and let me know if you have any questions! 

 

xoxo, Jamie @jamieeilts