The window used in making the illustrations for this article was of about the usual size found in parlors, three feet wide and six feet high, divided into two sashes, of one frame each. There is an opaque curtain of green cloth, running from the top down to the bottom and one of the same nature running from the bottom up to the top. Both are running on rollers, so that they may be raised or lowered to any height. The window begins three feet from the floor and extends up six feet, making the highest point nine feet from the floor. The glass in this window is of ground glass but if you haven't the ground glass, a superb substitute may be had by ironing on the plain glass what is known as paraffin paper, using a hot fiat iron for the purpose. This paper may be obtained at any photographic stock house for a few cents.
In addition to the ground glass and curtains, I have a head screen of white cloth of a thin nature, which will cost about $4 at any stock house. The other things used are a side reflector, which can be made of a piece of white cloth, say five feet square, tacked on a frame, and which is used for reflecting light into the deepest shadows of the face. Then comes the posing chair and a head rest. The head rest can be had of any stock dealer and should be used as the average exposure by a window will be of several seconds' duration, and the subject will likely move if not steadied in some way. Now for a background; a plain piece of brown felt will be as good as can be used, and can be easily secured at any dry goods store.
Now, in order that you may know just what you are working for, turn back to the first part of this book, to Chapter III (Notes On Plain Lighting), "Notes on Plain Lighting," and read it carefully, so that you may know this lighting when you see it. In the succeeding directions I do not intend dwelling upon the principles of lighting, as all that can be seen by reading the before-mentioned Chapter III (Notes On Plain Lighting).