Break the rules: become a pro at using backlight to add drama to any photo

    | Photography Tips | 15/07/2012 06:00am

    Backlighting Portraits


    Backlighting portraits, either in a studio or on location, can be particularly effective. When both the subject and backlight are positioned correctly, the latter will produce a striking rim-light around your subject’s head, and will give hair a soft, wispy glow.

    Not only is this flattering, it also helps the subject stand out against 
a darker background.

    Backlighting Portraits: evaluative metering

    Evaluative metering

    In our first shot (above), Evaluative metering has resulted in under-exposure, as the camera’s light meter has exposed the shot so that the background is correctly exposed.

    Backlighting Portraits: spot metering

    Spot metering

    In the second shot (above), Spot metering on the subject’s face has resulted in a better exposure. The background is blown out, but in this case it doesn’t really matter.

    PAGE 1: What is backlighting?
    PAGE 2: 3 ways to achieve backlight effects in-camera
    PAGE 3: Backlighting portraits
    PAGE 4: Crucial backlighting tips to remember


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    Posted on Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at 6:00 am under Photography Tips.

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