How to Take Backlit Photos

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When taking backlit photos, you're always going to need to keep a few key things in mind. Take backlit photos with help from a photography expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media, and today I'm going to tell you how to take back lit photos. One of the most common photos that you will see back lit is going to be a person with the sun set behind them. Beams that the light from the sun is coming from behind them, this makes it of course, a back lit photo. Back lit photos can offer some great, creative opportunities when shooting. One thing you can always count on for back lit photos is going to be that you will have a nice glowing edge around any subject you wish to shoot. Try opening up your iris to expose for a foreground element and over expose the sty a bit to get more of a glow. You can also stop down your aperture to expose for the sky. This will leave any object in the foreground as a silhouette. You can also take a reflector or a bounce board and bounce some of the light back on to your subject, bringing up their exposure. Take these tips and go out and practice some of your own back lit photos. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.

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