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.
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