HOW TO MAKE EFFICIENT PHOTOS BY LIGHTING
Most people don’t notice the light. But this does not apply to photo artists, because, as you know, light is one of the most important components for photography. As long as you do not understand the settings of the camera, it will be difficult to deal with the light. But as soon as you study your camera, you can beat it successfully. Particularly interesting to use the backlight. She is able to bring expressiveness and beauty to the photographs. We will show this with examples of photographing food, landscape, studio and street portrait.
To create a backlighting effect, the main light source must be positioned behind the subject. The light should shine towards the camera. In this photo as a source of illumination you see the warm setting sun.
The backlight adds depth and drama to the flat two-dimensional images.
Backlight helps to highlight the texture of objects that are photographed. By the way, side lights are also suitable for this. The texture is created using a combination of lighted and shaded areas. Since the photos are two-dimensional, the texture adds depth to the image. Warm or cool temperature lights, bright flashes of light (for example, at rock concerts) will give drama.
The source of illumination may be present in the frame along with the object, such as in a sunset photo. Or the light source may be outside the frame and just illuminate the subject.
Any source of illumination can be used creatively, but one of the most popular sources is sunlight, windows and camera or studio flashes. The principles of illumination are the same no matter what camera you use, even if you are taking pictures with a smartphone.
The ice-covered tree is lit by the sun. Without sunlight breaking through the branches, the tree would not stand out so much
It’s nice to start your backlit experiments with food photography. Highlighting in food photography can be used to illuminate steam and highlight the texture of food.
You can use any light source, but many photographers prefer natural lighting to light their food.
In this picture, the light source is not visible, but behind the frame there is a window, the light from which illuminates the food and makes the steam visible.
This food was photographed still in the stove. Warm light comes from the lamp in the oven.
An example of a soft light created by the light from a large window. Visible cookie texture. IPhone 4s was used to capture the image, and Lightroom was used to process
Your food photos will be more voluminous if you use a rear (or side) light. Just look at the window or any other light source, get creative and use the light from refrigerators, stoves and lamps.
The advantage of using backlight in food photography is that even if you cannot change the position of the light source, you can easily change your position and the position of the subject.
Landscape and nature
Once you have experience in applying light with a food photo, try using a backlight to add expressiveness, such as landscape photos. In most cases, you will not be able to change the position of the backlight source, since this will most likely be the sun. However, you can always turn around and change your position relative to the sun and the subject.
For this scene, the setting sun is a source of light. You can not see it in the frame, the sun is located behind the trees on the left. Notice how the electrical wires shine and stand out against the dark trees.
The combination of light and water droplets on the lens created a special effect. It is not recommended, of course, to wet the lens specifically, but in some cases it is worth taking advantage of the situation
To emphasize emotions, it is interesting to include a highlight in a portrait photo. Beautiful and bright frames are obtained.
The best part about using the backlight for studio shooting is that you are able to position the light source at your discretion.
When using natural light, you can position yourself and your subject in accordance with the light source.
This little boy is backlit by the setting sun, while a large open sky in front of him illuminates his face.
One of the biggest problems with backlighting is often that the subject may look like a silhouette, even when you don’t need it.