Image Tutorial – Backlit Images | Oahu Family Photographer, Sharleen Mey Photography
This week I am going to chat a little bit about how I like to shoot when backlighting and how to edit those images. For my personal style, I do try to avoid haze in my images, I love the clean and crisp look with my subjects being illuminated from the back. This look, also known as “rim lighting” can be easily achieved with proper subject placement at the right location.
Here, using an image example of my girls, I have them sitting in front of an open field. Can you see that if I didn’t place my oldest where she is, my image would’ve been full of haze with how high the sun was at that time? The girls were placed to the left side of that image because the trees behind them provided shade coverage and mixed with the open sky in front of them allowed me to get an evenly-lit photograph.
On to the editing part! Although my Kelvin white-balance shows I was shooting pretty warm (at 5700K), I had the girls positioned in the shade so it resulted in a cooler image. No worries, I love to shoot a tad bit cooler and warm up post-processing. What most don’t realize is that when you warm up an image PP, it also brightens/exposes the image at the same time! Neat, right?
This image didn’t need too much of a tweak but that’s the beauty of getting it right in camera…less editing!
SOOC: ISO 320 f/1.8 SS 1/640 Sigma 35 ART