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Why I love backlighting in Photofocus

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The main light source can be placed behind the subject to create a cool mood (both indoors and outdoors). Here’s why I love backlighting!

What’s backlighting?

Backlighting is a type of photography in which the main light source is behind the subject, facing directly towards the camera.

Why do I love the backlighting?

1. Occasional Flare

Flare happens when the light enters the lens and hit the camera’s sensor. Some people find it undesirable and others love it. I think that lens flare gives the image a dreamlike quality and depth.

It’s easy to modify the look of the flare (or avoid it altogether) simply by moving just a little to change the camera’s angle, like the image above.

2. Drama is added to the mix

Let’s have a look for a second at the picture below. It’s a Strongman (a big one!) The frame is (a large and heavy one) The huge contrast between highlights and darks, the The black and white look is intense … I mean … I don’t know how I could’ve possibly created more drama than this highly contrasted backlit shot.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t see who it is: You can FEEL it. Which bring me to the third reason …

Indoors and outdoors, backlighting is possible. I’ve taken this picture in a garage gym. Sometimes, poor lighting can produce interesting results!

3. Silhouette effect

If the subject is underexposed in comparison to the background this results in a beautiful photograph. silhouette. Once you get it the right way in camera, it’s very easy to Final touchesTo bring the WOW factor. I’m pretty sure you’ve already seen amazing sunrise landscapes with this concept, where the sky is perfectly exposed with wonderful colors and black silhouettes of people or trees, to enhance composition.

Backlighting black and white outdoor
The evening sun created a beautiful lens flare as well as a nice silhouette.

4. Outlined glow

Backlighting naturally enhances details by beautifully enlightening your subject’s contours. It will also enhance dust (great for gym chalk and outdoor running) and droplets (it looks amazing if it’s raining or snowing outside).

A third benefit of the outlined glow is that it helps to add depth by separating the subject (for the 3D effect).

Backlighting plants

Don’t be afraid to explore backlighting

When I started out, I always looked at front lighting. I thought it was only the proper way to light. Light — and enhance — my subjects.

It didn’t take too long, through trial and error, to realize that moving around to get different light angles got me quite interesting results. So don’t be afraid; backlighting will do wonders for pictures as well!

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Original content by photofocus.com: “Why I love backlighting

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