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Fix Common Issues When Shooting in Window Light

Oct 22

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Common Issues

Shooting in natural light can have as many issues as shooting with strobes. Not a big deal if you know how to take care of them. Today we are talking about two of those issues: underexposed subject, and cool white balance. You can correct both of these in camera by using a custom white balance, shooting in RAW and shooting a gray card. You can help with the exposure by using a fill card or reflector.

Since we love Photoshop we are going to show you how to get over these things in post production.

This Week’s Contest

This week have a great theme: using a person as scale. Basically this means using a person to show how big something else is. Tim Walker is an expert at this technique. He uses it to make his images magical.

Submit your best image that uses a person as scale for a chance to win a Phlearn PRO and have your image edited on Phlearn.

Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

Be sure to tell your friends you entered a contest on Phlearn. Use this convenient tweet button!
  • Rubén Chase

    This one is one of my favourite creations. I hope you like it!

    On Flickr:

  • Rubén Chase

     Two more, one giant, and one tiny. I’ve just realised that is is really recurrent on my work… U_U

  • Urquhart

    Hopefully this one works, here is my image for this weeks comp.

  • Audrey Simper

    First time scaling objects!

  • Ozzam Escudero Ajihil

    I’m not sure about this….here’s my entry….

  • Ian Arneson

    I dont expect to win by any means, this is something I did a while back just as a joke.

  • Nat Osm
  • Yannick Morand

    Wow Phlearners are good! Here’s a picture I did for fun. Good luck to everybody!

  • Eugin Cöre

    Hiiii! This is my image (:

  • Isaiahvaba

    Great tutorial!  Thanks for taking the time to create a great video boss.

  • Janne Olkkonen

    Here’s one of my storybook works: “We’ll find home again…”


  • Janne Olkkonen

    Here’s one of my storybook works: “We’ll find home again…”


  • Eddie Justino

    Hey! Nice video, as usual.

  • Eddie

    Somehow I can’t attach my image right now, so, here goes the link:

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    Nice contest! I’ll put one of my firsts photomontages. It is full of errors…. but i’m proud of it. first time i discovered layer masks

  • Pete Glogiewicz

    Here’s my attempt, From my 365 :-)

  • Karim Arsad

    my entry for a photo using persons as a scale
    I hope you like it.

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    i made up my mind, i want to partecipate to the contest with this image

  • Carrie
  • Mya

    This is stunning ! 

  • Jacek Nawrot

    My birdyplane… :)

  • Jacek Nawrot

    My “birdyplane” :)

  • Mark Lester Chy

    Cool Photos :-)

    Here’s my Entry:

  • François Vendiol

    Did this one during summer, i was really (and still am..) out of money..!
    The background is shot as a bokeh panorama.
    The original is 9031 x 6824 pixels, scaled way down for posting and getting some ugly aliasing…

  • Warrenstowell

    The Imposter.  My son pick a fight with his batman toy.

  • Fabian
  • arrowlili

    here’s my entry.  sorry about the obnoxious watermark, back then I thought it was cool and for some reason the layers in the original file are flattened so I can’t just pop it out.

  • Isaiahvaba

    Great photo!

  • Quinn Neely

    This is from years ago when I was first learning photoshop and stalking your flickr.

  • Michelle Avendaño

    my entry :) hope you like it n_n

  • Darrell Moore

    May I have the Vimeo link for the video? For some reason I can not view it here

  • Carolyn

    Leaf Tunnel .I am still a newbie when it comes to editing in Photoshop. I am really hoping to get a phlearn pro  tutorial so I could grow more as well as continue to see interesting phlearn episodes for Photoshop. ^^

  • Carrie
  • Steven Heldenbrand

    This is my first time to submit a photo. Hope you all like it. It was a lot of fun to make.
    Thanks Aaron and Phlearn team for all you do!

  • Steven Heldenbrand

    I’m having an issue posting. Hopefully this time works. Sorry.

  • Andy Shrestha
  • Andy Shrestha
  • Александр Киселев

    Phlern you have new microphone, what is it? I didn’t find it
    Plese let me know thank you)

  • Aaron Nace
  • Derek Lawrey

    Great episode! I love to shoot with natural widow light I think this has helped me out quite a bit!!  Thanks!!

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