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Question Regarding Backlighting  
User currently offlineKLGAviation From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 243 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Guys,

I'm confused by exactly what effects backlighting can have a photo and how one might go about correcting these problems.

In the comment of this photo by Thomas Millard he asks to forgive the backlighting... to me the photo is still awesome (love the angle). I'm just wondering how to get acceptable results on my Rebel when there is significant backlighting.


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Photo © Thomas Millard



Again, I love the photo, well done Thomas!

Chris


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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

Best way to avoid backlighting? Know where the sun is and where it is going to be, and position yourself accordingly. It screws up your exposure, because the other side of the object is the one lit up, and you are essentially shooting the shadow side of the object. It can, however, create some nice effects, but you have to know what you are doing.

Harry



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User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

Short version. When shooting have your back to the sun. You want to be the opposite side of the shadows.

User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

I'd would say most airport of the world have places where you can go to always have the sun behind your back. But backlit shots can work at times. It can reduce your chances of having a shot accepted simply because poorly lit subjects can often turn out to be poorly shot subjects.

Thomas's shot was marginal and I'm afraid it may have just scraped in by the tiniest of margins.

Glenn



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Quoting Glennstewart (Reply 3):
Thomas's shot was marginal and I'm afraid it may have just scraped in by the tiniest of margins.

You're afraid? What do you mean? I'm glad we have a shot of the recent incident here on a.net.

Harry



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User currently onlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3048 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
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Chris.

Generally I would agree that you will always be on the back foot when submitting backlit photos here. One of the key reasons for this is that, because you will have large areas of your subject 'in shadow' - even if the sun is not shining remember - your editing will require you to enhance the brightness/levels in those areas. Particularly when darker in the the first place, this tends to have the effect of introducing noticeable grain into those areas, which starts to have a negative impact on the overall quality of the image.

But if forced into that situation - as I was in this example below - it becomes increasingly important to get your exposure for the main subject correct at the time you take the photograph. Don't rely on sorting things out after the event with editing.

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I think this shot would have been even more difficult had the light been even brighter - another problem of backlighting is excessive contrast. This is an example of a favoured photography spot at Manchester which is ideal for the morning and early afternoon, but becomes increasingly problematic later in the day (as here) because the sun is now not lighting the side of the aircraft I am photographing. To orient you, my camera is pointing roughly north here - so this shot would have probably been a non-starter had I been pointing in a more westerly direction.

All the best.

Paul


User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1299 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 1):
It screws up your exposure, because the other side of the object is the one lit up, and you are essentially shooting the shadow side of the object. It can, however, create some nice effects, but you have to know what you are doing.

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I don't have a lot of photo's in at this moment, but my top hitter (#1) is one that is back-lit and with a lot of heat-haze... but I knew when I was pressing the shutter, that this was going to be a great shot (at least for myself  Smile ), and I was very happy that it was accepted here as well (after some - minimal - processing).

Best regards,

Walter



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