• Friday , 15 December 2017

Photography Tips – Backlighting – an Introduction

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What’s meant by Backlighting? Backlighting simply means having the light coming towards the camera from behind whatever it is you’re photographing. It’s also called shooting against the light. Yes I know we were all told to put the light behind us but doing the opposite can yield some super cool photos.

So why is this? Some images like portraits work best in shade and when you shoot into the light the side facing you will be in shade and there’ll be a lovely rim light around them. Translucent things like wine bottles and ice always look their best when the light is coming through them from behind.

When you backlight a photo bear in mind that your camera can become confused because sometimes the background will be much brighter than the foreground. Left to it’s own devices it’ll make the picture darker than you want it because a camera things the world is mid grey (check out our exposure films) and your portrait might become a silhouette. So you might need to overexpose the shot to compensate.

Check out the video and I’ll show you how to expose when backlighting. Or come see us at http://www.photographycourses.biz for many more free photography tutorials, courses, DVDs and workshops.

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46 Comments

  1. Justito Tanedo
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Love all you videos. Been binge watching all your videos very easy to understand. Amazing teacher from sunny California

  2. Neil Bigwood
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Nice one !

  3. Malik Martin
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Mike Browne, I spent almost $70 in cable bill a month, my point being, I would rather donate the $70 bux to your channel a month on a more productive, more enlightening and more satisfying than these garbage we watch on TV Today. Am now your Latest Subsciber. Start a Go Fund Me Page Bro.

  4. Prabal Gogoi
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    I found problem to focusing a portrait in manual and autofocusing with blacklight when I use exposure compensation.is there any role to focusing in exposure compensation?my camera d5500.lens 18-55 vr nikon

  5. Linus Rasputin
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Hi Mike,

    Great informative videos. Well done.

  6. Mary Desire
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! You have no idea how appreciative I am of his video! Senior pictures are coming up real soon and I was trying to understand how to use backlighting! Now I get it! Thank you very much sir! 😄♥️

  7. Matt Brighton
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    I still don't get it.

  8. Luke Teather
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    You are fantastic sir, very clear and understandable video.
    Thank you

  9. Donna Spakes
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Would like to have seen your photos with the AE – L button held or exposure manually at the end… your final shots.

  10. kiyonexus
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    the model looks sooo bored and frustrated…. you better paid her well for her time.

  11. Andrew Maher
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Found you today on YT and am new subscriber as well. Your way of explaining is so simple and clear. One question here, when you added one f-stop for the pic are you still in "auto" mode or some other??

  12. T Jack
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    damn most useful info i needed after all those bad videos

  13. jon carley
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    I like your videos there are a lot of helpful tips. In this one I think it would benefit to explain that AEL only works with automatic or partially automatic modes some people when making the transition from the manual modes don't understand the simplicity that THEY are fully in control of the exposure and that they take a reading and then ignore the lightmetre that would also benefit from a whole lesson for it to sink in for people even though you covered it briefly I feel, at least I know it is something that confused me for quite some time

  14. Brian Teddy
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Good explanation with examples. Thanks.

  15. jacasan2000
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Excellent video … question , for film can apply same technique?

  16. GiveUTremors
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Mighty Thanks Mike for this enlightening tutorial. That small AE-L button on the back of my Nikon D5500 used to bug me a lot and I couldn't get to know its function. You have explained the backlighting so lucidly that all one needs to do is go practice with your words ringing in mind. Thanks again Sir.

  17. hamstersniffer
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    There's never been a better photography teacher than the great Mike Browne! Even explained a lens hood in 2 seconds.

  18. ianyams
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Thanks for the lesson. 👍

  19. Jacob Raji
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    love your videos, do you ever shoot with Canon cameras?

  20. whizkid75
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Just had deja vu o.O

  21. Arifuzzaman Rana
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Really well explained. Straight to the point. thanks

  22. ImConzz
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    i want you to know that i love you. "over expose the shot when back-lighting to compensate for camera confusion"

  23. William Pericelli
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Would have liked to have seen your last 2 shots.

  24. Reham Chadi
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    You are the best so far im watching.im tired from jumping in youtube from course to course with deferent tutuor .

  25. Reham Chadi
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    What is free ???plz.i live in london .and want to do photograph course .but is very expensive in college.how can you help me .????

  26. Chris Estonia
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Love the speed at which you explain. Straight to the the point

  27. Kissa Webb
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Thanks for the tip.

  28. Yoram Pohl
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Easiest explanation ive seen, great!

  29. Mike Quinn
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Excellent video Mike, really beneficial for a novice like me. Thanks.

  30. Katie Maldo
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    what if you use AE LOCK for back button focusing?!

  31. Jaime Fermin
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Mike, great videos. I have really learned a lot from them. Specially liked the one about focal length. Excellent work, got a new subscriber here!

  32. Dito
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Awesome 👍

  33. Chris-Anthony Pinnock
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    4 years later and still helping learning photographers 🙂
    Another great video Mike !

  34. connie abbott
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    you are an awsome instructor! thank you. I have learned so much. I watch your videos mutiple times. love your accent!

  35. Marilou Adan
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    No mention of spot metering? – the most sensible option.

  36. Danish Aziz
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    very very nice

  37. Lela M
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Fantastic photos

  38. moibhatkham
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Amazing

  39. Bikram Dangol
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Love your videos

  40. luke dier
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Found you on Reddit. Love your explanations!

  41. v012viper
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Very informative; walking to the subject and filling frame and manually dialing in exposure… I never thought to try that. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Jyotiraj Saharia
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    subscribed 🙂

  43. ivnaru
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    i like how you go into details to explain things and setting up the shot !! really enjoyed the video !

  44. PS
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Thanks Mike. How do you deal with situations when the backlight is way to strong for the picture you want and your subject is relatively in the dark? I find this happens when you're shooting on things like a sheltered balcony but it's very sunny outside.

  45. Himangshu Mahanta
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Is it possible to expose the subject correctly by using spot metering instead of exposure compensation?

  46. Hedshotz
    September 23, 2017 at 10:19

    Thought you might be interested to see the results of my "backlighting" shoot after watching this video. 🙂

    https://youtu.be/VZWvWgn0dc4

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