Tip of the Day – Balance the backlight

Tip of the Day – Balance the backlight

Whatever your surroundings, when backlighting black dogs it is so important to balance the light coming from behind them, with the light falling onto the front of them.

To make sure enough light is falling on their shaded side (the side you are shooting), avoid having them under trees or even near shaded areas as this can drastically cut down the light that illuminates their face, head and the front of their body. Instead, make sure the sun is low in the sky behind them and place them out under an area where there is open sky above. The open sky acts as a giant light source that bathes them in soft light and helps bring out the detail in their black fur.

This is Ollie the Labrador Retriever, photographed for my Tails of Brisbane project.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 50mm, ISO 800, 1/800 sec, f/2.8

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