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4 easy steps to take great photos with backlighting!

 

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To take take a great photograph with beautiful backlighting there are 4 easy steps.

Select Your Location With Purpose!

First, pick your location! Keep in mind the time of day you will be shooting. Typically, I am looking to shoot in the late afternoon when I can get some nice warm light coming across the horizon into my location. I do shoot in the early morning sometimes to get nice low light! In the example above it was about 3:00 in the afternoon.

Position For The Light!

Second, I am looking to see which direction I will be facing my subject. I want the light coming from somewhere behind my subject so to get some nice rim light on my subject. See the nice rim light on the hat below?

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Select Your Lens!

Third, be conscious of you lens selection. Do you want bokeh or light leaks? I shoot with primes using as wide as aperture as possible. I love the bokeh I get and it really ties into my style.

I shoot with a Nikon D700 and the images above were captured with a Niokon lens D135mm f2.0. I shot wide open.

Check For Reflected Light!

Lastly, think about the available reflected light that will be helping to illuminate your subjects face. I look for light colored walls, floors or sometimes use reflectors. I do use fill flash off camera if necessary, but usually I don’t need it shooting my primes wide open. I get enough light as long as I expose for my subjects face.

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Most of all, get out there and get creative! Have some fun and experiment!

❤️ Sharon

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