The transition from summer to autumn is in the air around me. Mornings are crisp; the apples are ripe, and there are hints of yellowing leaves wherever I look. To me, this transition triggers another one. Ever since the world erupts in green life in the spring, I shoot outdoors. I put my 35mm lens away and replace it with a 105mm. I head outside with my little herd and enjoy all the greens and flowers and sunshine of spring and summer on our acreage. Fall is the time when I start transition back into shooting inside my home and having gone 4-6 months without doing so, there is a little learning curve to get back into things.
I have a big west facing bay window in my dinning room. And it’s one of my favorite places to shoot. So to help myself get back into the art of shooting indoors, I like to shoot as many genres in my window as I can come up with.
From flatlays to environmental portraits to classic portraits to self portraits, focusing on photographing in this one area of my home is an exercise in creativity as much as it an exercise in skill building. The familiarity with the light that comes from repetition is a great aid in getting back into indoor shooting.
For a challenge, or to practice your indoor skills now that summer is ending, pick an area in your home and see what you can come up with! How many different scenes, compositions, and genres can you shoot in your One Window?