Tip of the Day – Backlighting basics

Tip of the Day – Backlighting basics

Image 4 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

A quick and easy backlighting tip for you today! For best results, backlighting should be done when the sun is low on the horizon – first thing in the morning or just before sunset. The main light source (the sun) needs to be coming from behind the dog, but also from a low angle, so that no light bleeds over the top of their head to land on their face.

You don’t need to be shooting directly into the sun though. You can see from the shadows in this image, I was on about a 30 degree angle from straight into the sun. This helps avoid the image becoming “flared out”, which is caused by direct beams of light from the sun hitting the end glass element of your lens.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 200mm, ISO 500, 1/800 sec, f/2.8

Model @ellathevizsla for the Tails of Brisbane project

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