Day 19 | Back Light
Backlighting helps to provide separation between the subject and its background. In the theatre it is often used to give a more three-dimensional appearance to actors or to set elements. When front lighting alone would give a two-dimensional look.
- Back light is typically your brightest available light (as seen in the above image). I almost never face my subjects toward the sun. Rather, I almost always have the sun behind my subjects.
- Backlight creates a warm glow throughout your images.
- Back light is most affective when the backdrop is dar and the rim of the subjects are bright. This contrast is what separates the image from the backdrop.
Today's Takeaway and To Do's:
Grab your camera and take a shot at the various suggestions below and note where the sun was each time you take a shot. Your starting point will be when the sun is still a bit high, but still at your subjects back (Just above the shoulders).
- When you are out and about, have your subject stand with their back to the sun. What does the lighting do to their hair, is the sun too high that it puts shadows below the eyes and under the nose?
- When observing these subjects with the sun behind them, if you move your position to one side or the other of the subject, can you see sun flare?
- Now position yourself directly in front of your subject, is their face evenly lit by the backlighting? It will be when the sun is directly at their shoulders. Have fun!
Great job today! See you tomorrow!