Tips on capturing a stunning backlit portrait

posted on 28th of august, 2012

Dramatic back-lighting from the sun and the golden flares that flood your viewfinder can give you an incredible image. Not only that, the mood of your photo is vastly different from portraits, there’s a warm, feminine feel to this, and your artistic flexibility is truly unlimited.

I like to get these shots late in the afternoon, I generally use a wide aperature which creates a great buttery bokeh on the background. It’s also a good idea to have only part of the sun viewable and keep the majority of it blocked by your subject to avoid flooding your photo with too much light – it’s a delicate balance to find that sweet spot which gives you a golden tone and great lens flares, so experimenting is key!

Comments (7)

Posted by Thanatonautii on August 31, 2012
Nice picture and great info! Thanks!
Posted by Adeliepenguin on August 30, 2012
Beautiful shot. Thanks for sharing:)
Posted by Egomezta on August 29, 2012
Thanks for sharing, these images are hard to get them well done.
Posted by Picstudio on August 29, 2012
Thanx for ur tips!
Posted by Parkinsonsniper on August 29, 2012
I always find such shots very brave. I still can't try them :))
Posted by FabioConcetta on August 29, 2012
Beautiful description of the implementation of this fantastic portrait. I also thought to make a portrait with this type of light, congratulations for this beautiful blog and image.
Posted by Hafakot on August 29, 2012
Interesting, Thank You !

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