Using Backlighting with Digital Photography: A Tutorial


Effective uses of backlighting with digital photography.  Samples follow: rim/hair lighting, emphasize translucence, & create a silhouette.

Rim/hair light – when light traces the outline of the subject.

Translucence – light passes through part of subject such as a bird’s feathers, fabric or water.

Silhouette – high contrast.  Subject is black and is set against a colorful lit background. Is recognizable by its outline alone and is not superimposed on other objects so that it blends with them  creating a single shape.