KLGAviation From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 243 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2200 times:
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.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 31 Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2193 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.
Glennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 55 Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2152 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.
Respected users.... If my replies are useful, then by all means...
Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3011 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2124 times:
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.
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.
Walter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1291 posts, RR: 30 Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2089 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.
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 ), and I was very happy that it was accepted here as well (after some - minimal - processing).