p52 month 02 : backlight


The second topic we embarked on is referred to as backlighting.  Simply put backlighting is when a light source is behind the main subject. While some might find it counterintuitive to shoot into the light, the effects can be quite magical. By having the light behind your subject, the finer details of an object can be enhanced as well as the capture of some lovely silhouettes and sunbursts.  Landscape photography works well with backlighting, especially with translucent flowers and foliage or rim lighting of animals and objects in the background.  Even atmospheric elements such as haze, fog, steam or mist can be intensified and therefore alter the mood of an image.


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