photography tip

Use Backlight for Dramatic Silhouettes

Unlike frontlight, backlight is a lot more dramatic. As indicated above, it’ll get you images like this: And it can also get you some of the most stunning photos of all: Silhouettes. Now, backlight comes from behind your subject. To find backlight, you just need to point your camera into the sun. (You should also be careful not to actually look at the sun through your lens. That could seriously damage your eyes.) To actually create a silhouette, you’re going to need to focus on a large object, one that is framed against the sky. It often helps to get down low! Then you should use exposure compensation to underexpose your photo–to make it very dark, so dark that there’s no detail in your main object. And you’ll come away with a striking silhouette.