Photography Tips – Backlight: shooting into the light (Pt 2)



In shooting against the light part 1 we looked at the theory and how it works – here in part 2 lets put it into practise by looking for some pictures to take which break the old rules and bring a bit more excitement to your pictures.

Shadows give your pictures shape and texture and when you can add that into the foreground it always make an image more interesting. By back-lighting a ‘thing’ – like a motorbike for instance, you can play with areas of bright and dark which does a great job of separating your subject from the background.

Enough waffle – it’s time to watch the video. Enjoy!!

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27 thoughts on “Photography Tips – Backlight: shooting into the light (Pt 2)

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    Great picture of the Bonneville. I would have preferred a photo of a BSA Rocket Gold star or just a 500 Gold Star. Once again a great educational video.

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    I am a late bloomer watching your videos and truly enjoy them. I am starting to see that I was doing everything backwards. When a man says that the motorcycle is a Honey, I respect him even more. Cheers from California!

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    Brilliant video mike in your easy to understand no bullshit way. You teach this beautiful art form to be enjoyed compared to other teachers who make us mere mortals think it is out of our reach. Keep up the good work mike

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    That was wonderful Mike especially with the Bike the difference is dramatic!! Thanks again for taking the time to produce these videos.

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    Really enjoyed this one Mike. I can't believe the difference in the two shots. You have such a great and easy style too. Hats off to you Sir!

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    thsat was a very nice phtoo of the bike- love the blur and light in back of bike- the blur and light just really framed the bike with it's shadows and sharpness very well- really nice contrasts going on between sharp/blur, light/shadow, saturation/less saturated in background etc- very nicely done

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    I enjoy your tips on back lighting. I take surfers back lit and love the spray from the ocean. I use exposure compensation and center weighted metering with Canon Mark ll D5. I like your long lens trick. Not clear about how you use the automatic metering up close then move back. I'll look into it.

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    It's been two full years that you have uploaded this video and not even a single dislike! That itself speaks, doesn't it?
    I have a small suggestion though: It will be nice if you include some basic EXIF of the pictures you take as you explain the shots in your videos; at least aperture, focal length, and shutter speed.

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    How come you don't mention spot metering when talking about backlight, Mike? Very nice videos by the way…

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    You have to remove light from the bright area by using a neutral density grad filter. Or you'd have to shoot several exposures from a tripod so the composition stays exactly the same. One for the sky and the bike goes dark, one about half way and another for the bike and the sky bright. the make an HDR from them in photoshop.

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    Hi Mike.. Great video.. Just wanna ask if there is anyway to keep the sky blue while maintaining the right exposure on the bike during backlighting?

  • February 5, 2019 at 08:43
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    Thank you. That depends on the light at the moment of shooting so it'll be changing all the time. If you're asking about these images specifically the bike was 1/3000sec at 250 ISO

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