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Backlighting your subject – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #38 – Backlight you subject

This week we’re practicing backlighting your subject – Backlighting is simply having the light source behind your subject. To practice last night I set up a some flowers on the sidewalk in front of our house just before the sun had set. I started on one side of the flowers with the sun behind the flowers and worked my way around, practicing side light and front light as well. Just watching seeing how the shadows changed. I think that is the best way to start to see the light is the play with the light.  I tried having the sun directly behind the flower like the shot below, but also just out of frame.

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This next picture was taken with front light. I was off to the side a bit. It was hard to keep my own shadow shadow out of the image so I am sitting just to the side. Have fun with this one, you don’t have to go far or find a willing subject, you just have to pick up your camera and head outside for a few minutes.  Really watch how different a picture can be depending on where you are standing.

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This next video isn’t outside with the sun, but rather inside using a soft box. I thought it gave a good view on how to see the light while you watch what different techniques he tries to move the light to where he wants it on his subject.

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #39 – Finding the Mist
 



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