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Using backlight, a few tips can help you take different scenery photos

Using backlight, a few tips can help you take different scenery photos

By  Arleta Smigelski 2020-02-06 316 18

Photography is the art of manipulating light, but there is a kind of "light" that we should try our best to avoid when shooting, and that is backlight. In many cases, backlighting is an unnecessary picture effect, such as architecture and other commercial photography scenes, unnecessary backlighting will reduce the clarity of the picture, thus reducing the perception. Therefore, in the sunny outdoor shooting creation, photographers often tend to think of a variety of ways to avoid the impact of backlighting on the picture.

 
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However, the proper use of the picture produced by the backlight can help the photographer to create a special picture atmosphere. In a picture, there are many situations in which light appears, and the most common way to take pictures with backlight is sunlight. When we see a warm beam of sunshine reflected from the photo, we can feel a sense of warmth in the face.

Using backlight to take landscape photos, when the sun is in a lower position in the sky, with the help of oblique light, it can easily create a good backlight effect and give the picture a stronger appeal. Generally speaking, before and after sunrise and sunset is the prime time for shooting backlight, when not only is the sun at the right angle, but the mild light is also relatively easy to control.

 
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When shooting backlight scenery, the picture will be different because the size of the aperture value is different. Use a small aperture (f / 11 or less) to shoot the glowing effect that can be created for sunlight, while using a larger aperture (fbank 8 or more) will have a stronger discrete effect on the light source, making the light of the picture appear in a soft way.

 
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At the same time, when shooting landscape works with backlighting theme, we can also shoot special star pictures by controlling the aperture value. Star awn is the phenomenon of diffraction and scattering of light in the process of propagation. Diffracted light forms a very gorgeous and fantastic form, which is specially pursued by many landscape photographers. The shape of the star awn is related to the design shape of the aperture blade. To form a neat and beautiful star awn, we generally need a regular polygonal aperture blade. We can use the backlit sun star awns to integrate into the picture and become a special picture effect that can not be observed by the naked eye, so as to enhance the freshness of the landscape photos.

These are some tips for shooting scenery against the light. If you already know something about these techniques, pick up your camera and try it yourself.


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