Backlighting

Tip of the Day – Backlighting background watch

Backlighting can be tricky to master! When you have strong light coming from behind your subjects, it can be a challenge to get your background looking good. All that bright light back there creates hot...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting 101

It’s a Backlighting 101 tip for you today. This was taken in a large grassy area, with a screen of trees to the west filtering the late afternoon sunshine. When shooting with backlight using natural light...

Tip of the Day – Backlight Balance

When shooting action with backlight, it’s really important to remember you need to balance the direct sun light coming from behind the dog, with another light source illuminating the front side of them. Too much...

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...

Tip of the Day – Windy ears

Image 1 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions This shot is a “puppy dog eyes” style but can you pick what makes it a bit different? It’s...

Tip of the Day – Highlight detail

Image 5 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions When shooting with backlight, in most cases it’s a good idea to deliberately under-expose the image - not completely...

Tip of the Day – Warm it up

Image 5 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions I’m a total sucker for a backlit shot, so when the sun was getting down nice and low to...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting compromises

Image 4 of 5 of Dutchie’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Backlighting can be a tricky lighting technique to master. Ideally, when you’re shooting towards the sun, it’s best to...

Tip of the Day – Reducing flare and haze

When shooting with backlight, carefully position yourself so you are shaded to reduce flare. In this late afternoon shot, since the shadows were so long, I was able to crouch down in the shade of...

Tip of the Day – Block the Flare

If you struggle with lens flare (that washed-out look) when shooting with backlight - remember that it’s caused by direct sunlight striking the end of your lens. When shooting late in the day in an...

Tip of the Day – Warm It Up

Late afternoon golden hour light is meant to be exactly that - golden! Don’t be afraid to warm up your backlit shots when editing, giving a true representation of how the scene looked to you...

Tip of the Day – Subject Placement

Careful placement of your subject (or changing your angle, viewpoint or perspective through lens choice) when shooting against a background with bright highlight areas is important. Even if some areas of the background are blown...

Tip of the Day – Filtering the Sun

When shooting with backlight, always seek out something to “filter” the light from the sun through. One of the main challenges of backlighting is getting your subject bright enough to match the background. Another way...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Black and White Dogs

Another lighting style that can work well for black and white dogs is backlighting - making sure the shaded side of the dog - the side you’re shooting - is receiving plentiful, even light from...

Tip of the Day – Side Views

The dog doesn't always have to be looking at you! Shooting from the side is a great way to introduce variety in your sessions and emphasis other features such as markings and gorgeous full tails....

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure

Shooting in Manual exposure mode will give you more reliable results when shooting in difficult lighting situations, such as backlight. Depending on the metering mode, automatic exposure modes will often tend to overcompensate for a...

Tip of the Day – Balancing Backlighting Exposure

When photographing black dogs with backlight (the sun behind the dog) it's super important that the front, shaded side of the dog is also well illuminated from a secondary light source such as a large...

Tip of the Day – Filter the Sun

When photographing white dogs with backlight, to avoid blowing out (overexposing) the furry edges with rim light coming through from behind, try to filter the sunshine through the foliage of trees or bushes, rather than...

Tip of the Day – White Balance in Lightroom

*Lightroom editing* If the dog has some white fur, easily set white balance in Lightroom with this simple trick. In this video, we start off with As Shot white balance. I cycle through Cloudy, Shade...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Fluffy White Dogs

White fluffy dogs are one of my favourite types of dogs to photograph! Rather than shooting in full sun, I love to backlight them - just as long as the sunshine is filtered through trees...

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