How to use the beauty of backlighting in portrait photos

Get out in the soft spring sun and conquer the basics of backlit portraits with these top tips, says Alistair Campbell
Exposure: 1/3200 sec, f/1.2, ISO 160 (Image credit: Future)

Having an understanding and control over your lighting is essential for all photographic genres, particularly when shooting portraits. Traditionally, you’ll want to get a good exposure on your subject’s face no matter what the environment is. Today, I’m out with model Ellie to tackle some slightly challenging backlighting.

Being able to understand where light is falling and how it will affect your subject is a huge learning curve for all photographers. Backlight, as the name suggests, is when the main light source is emanating from behind your subject, which when under control can make for a beautiful glowing, warm and creamy image.

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.