Shooting portraits against the light can make for a terrible photo if done improperly. For those who are inexperienced in dealing with such lighting conditions, it can be tricky to figure out how to light your subject correctly.
Practicing backlit photography can transform the way you view strong natural light. Though you may face some challenges in achieving a good backlit photo, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the breathtaking images you end up with (when done right, of course).
Using natural light as your main light source can effectively bring out your subject’s most vibrant colors. The golden glow outlining your subject adds a dramatic touch while the soft, diffused backlight produces a romantic and dreamy effect that can greatly improve your photos.
What is Backlight Photography?
Backlight photography literally means any type of photography wherein the primary light source is positioned behind the subject. This photography style is mostly used for portraits during spring or summer, when the sun is at its brightest and warmest. Another plus is that your subject won’t need to squint while shooting, which can ruin your photo as well.
Normally, artificial lighting is used to perfect the backlight effect, but there are ways that it can also be achieved using natural light. The light faces the camera and creates a dramatic outlined glow around the subject, resulting in a dreamlike silhouette or portrait. It also emphasizes the shape or a facial feature of your subject and makes them stand out from the background.
Here are some tips to help you practice backlight photography for outdoor shots: