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Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits

with Derrick Story

Video: Introduction

Shows how to capture stunning portraits, even when the main lighting comes from behind the subject.
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  1. 24m 6s
    1. Introduction
      1m 7s
    2. Defining the challenge
      6m 39s
    3. The shoot
      5m 24s
    4. Reviewing the shots
      9m 32s
    5. Now it's your turn
      1m 24s

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Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits
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Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits is an interactive video course in which participating photographers can view and discuss each other's work. Professional photographer Derrick Story shows how to make onsite adjustments in a portrait shoot where backlighting is predominant. He teaches how to work with reflectors to bounce light into the areas that need it, and he explains how to use spot metering to control the exposure for the subject's face. At the end of the course, Derrick describes how to upload photos to Flickr for review and comment.

Backlit Portrait Photo Assignment Flickr Discussion Group



(Music playing.) Hi! I'm Derrick Story and welcome to the Backlit Portrait Photo Assignment. This is a little counterintuitive. We are actually going to put the light behind the subject, illuminating the hair and the shoulders, and then try to make a very nice portrait where the eyes, the smile and everything are all very clear. A little bit of a challenge. So I am going to start up by showing you some techniques here on the computer, things that work and maybe things that don't work so well. Then we're going to go out into the field and we are going to do an actual model shoot.

Putting these techniques into practice. Once we do that, I'm going to come back to the computer and I am going to show you how that shoot went here on the screen. We will analyze it and we will see the good things, the bad things and then that way you will know what to do when you go out into the field. Because that's the next part of the assignment: for you to actually go take a backlit portrait. Then we will show them on Flickr. We have a Flickr public group setup just for you. You can share your photos and look at photos from other folks. A great time.

So, let's get started.

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