Photography is the art of light, and the characteristics of light are divided into many aspects such as luminosity, quality, position, and type. There are both advantages and disadvantages when shooting with daylight. Strong light can ensure sufficient color, but if a specific light, color, and level are needed. You must decide when the right time to shoot. In particular, people who like to shoot landscapes will understand that they often spend more time waiting than shooting.

When shooting portraits, try to avoid direct sunlight at noon, during night time it is best to use “Golden Hour”.

A Light Source That Loves and Hates: Backlighting

Backlighting, especially low-angle sunsets, often brings a strong shadow contrast on the subject, causing a difference in light ratio. There are many details in the receiving light and backlight parts. High-end lenses have great anti-backlight performance, but glare and autofocus obstacles will inevitably occur in the case of full backlight, which will be more serious for ordinary lenses.

As long as it is used properly and combined with good composition, backlit shooting can produce beautiful effects. When shooting wide-angle landscapes, macros, and even portraits, you can use the light position of the backlight to get different effects.

When shooting in backlight, dazzling contour light can be generated around the object, which strongly outlines the appearance of the object:

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Backlight Photography Tips

  1. When metering a background without filling the foreground, the results have a strong silhouette effect and an amazing rendering atmosphere.
  2. Use a reflector or flash to properly fill the foreground to get more details.
  3. Backlit shooting can produce a dazzling silhouette around the object, which strongly outlines the appearance of the object.
  4. When shooting subjects that are easy to transmit, such as flowers and trees, you can use the backlight position, the illuminated subject will show a stronger texture.
  5. Pay attention to composition, when there is a halo in the lens adjust the lens position slightly to avoid flare covering the subject.
  6. Backlight shooting will affect the accuracy of the autofocus, you can use manual methods to precisely focus.
  7. Avoid looking at the sun through the viewfinder for long periods of time to prevent vision damage.

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Author: Alex Tam