Natural light direction?

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  1. nikonusersince2007

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    I hope I am posting in the correct forum.

    For an indoor portrait natural light studio setup:
    1. Is it best to have natural light coming from the North, South, East or West?
    2. Is it best to have indirect natural light or direct natural light?

    Thanks for the feedback


     
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    Depends on the effect you want on your subject.
     
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    If you want more consistant soft light, Northern facing windows/skylights are best.

    Southern facing windows, give more dramatic effects ( Higher Contrasts) but are variable on Time of day and also Time of year
     
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    Here in the Pacific Northwest,

    1) North. The sun here has a tendency to stay towards the south, so north facing guarantees soft light no matter what time of day or season.
    2) Assuming you mean direct sunlight, Indirect.
     
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    Where do you live? I would say North or South depending upon the place. How does your city rate for sunny days?
     
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