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February 03, 2017
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Window Light

Like most photographers I have amassed a lot of ancillary kit: backdrops, soft-boxes, reflectors etc. Like most photographers I probably have too much kit – do we really need so many different sizes of reflector? Apart from succumbing to marketing by manufacturers of photographic equipment, standardised kit perhaps detracts from our photographic creativity. Although I regularly use manufactured products by Broncolor, Westcott, Lastolite etc, I get more excited when shooting with unusual kit i.e. items that aren’t normally associated with photography. Like, for example, double-glazed units†!

The strict proviso is that any unusual kit needs to work just as well as, or even better than, manufactured photography equipment. For several years I have used double-glazed units (plural as I have several – see below) and I have found that they perform superbly as a light diffuser. If you are not sure what a diffuser is let me explain. In photography the quality of light is arguably more important than the amount of light. Whether shooting under ambient light (e.g. daylight) or flash normal practice is to attempt to control light by adding various equipment (commonly referred to as ‘mods’) to change the nature of the light. A diffuser works by scattering light rays from a concentrated point source (e.g. direct sun or a flash unit) so that the light appears softer, shadows are eliminated and the light appears to ‘wrap around’ whatever is being photographed. It may help to think of the difference between a bright sunny day without cloud (i.e. harsh point light) and an overcast day (i.e. soft broad light). Although we all like to be in the sun in photographic terms bright a sunny day without cloud creates extremely harsh light with deep shadows and bleached colours in addition to causing people to squint. My Lastolite 2-Stop Diffusers work well to soften harsh light but in my experience double-glazed units perform better. The image shows a unit right of frame diffusing extremely strong summer sunlight from a south-facing window which I balanced with a strobe. As the double-glazing was intended for bathroom areas it has the highest opacity level for privacy – the exact reason why the unit acts as such a good diffuser.

Admittedly double-glazed windows aren’t exactly everyday objects. I recently acquired five extra units when it was discovered some of our newly-installed windows would have to be replaced as the etched pattern wasn’t consistent across the glass. Of course, it would be a little extreme to have your house re-glazed just to get your hands on a double-glazed window. However, if you come across a double-glazing team at work they will probably be only too happy to give you any old units as they get charged for disposal. I know this because years ago I obtained four old double-glazed window units, not to mention an old patio door, from a friendly installation team. More often than not when preparing for a location shoot I pack one or two window units as an excellent alternative to manufactured kit.

I should perhaps point out I’m referring to ‘bathroom’ style window units minus the frame with highly-opaque glass on one side and clear glass on the other

   
     

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