Memaksimalkan Cahaya Backlight

Maximizing Backlight

Sometimes when the light conditions are backlight the photo results are not good, it's dark... Well mimin has a solution that you can try KEE Friend, advice from photographer Teppei Kohno on how to make backlight photos look good.

You need to understand what backlight and exposure compensation are. If you don't understand, check Mimin's previous posts. Here's how:

1. Find a soft light source

If the backlight is too strong, it will look very contrasty so the results will not be good. You can choose light that is a bit dim or when it is cloudy, so that the texture on the skin looks good when photographed.

EOS 5D Mark III / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM/ FL: 50mm / Manual exposure (f/2.8, 1/125 sec)/ ISO 200 / WB: Auto / Accessories : tripod
Photo by : Teppei Kohno

2. Reflector to make the subject brighter

Usually in backlight conditions, the front of the subject becomes dark. You can overcome this by using the reflector below without adjusting the exposure value. Reflectors can function to illuminate the subject while providing soft light and dimension to the skin.


3. Use exposure compensation to brighten

Use exposure compensation to enhance the light on the subject. You can use approximate exposure compensation first, then you can adjust until you get the results with the light you want.

4. Adjust the angle to give depth to the photo

You can try various angles to get the best photo with the existing light conditions. Apart from that, it can provide an interesting composition and give depth to the background.

Usually in very bright light conditions, it can cause the background to become too bright and lose details. You can try to reduce the contrast between dark and light areas while aiming the reflector at the dark areas, or you can also use the help of a light flash. There is another way, you can position the camera at the top corner or from the left side to eliminate unwanted light.

In the left box above, you can see the overworked texture on the skin, there is also a cathlight on the eyes which makes the eyes look more alive. The cathlight is located at the bottom of the eye which indicates the light source (reflector) is at the bottom of the subject, the same as in the second image above.

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