Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Backlighting in portraits, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
Backlight isn't normally referred to as a key light even though it's often the brightest …light in the setup. …The key light would be the light that shapes the body from the front. …As you'll see in the first setup, Evey was looking directly at the camera with a light …behind and above her. The reflector then became my key light. …Natalie Fobes: So today Sam, I want to have more of a dramatic look than we had on the other sessions. …We are going to be working with one light. …This is going to be in a backlight situation in the position.…
It's going to increase the drama, working with one light and having a lot of shadows …always increases the drama of a photograph. …Sam: Okay. …Natalie Fobes: So go ahead and take the diffuser off here while I do a little bit of adjustment here. …How you are doing Evey? …Evey: I am good. …Natalie Fobes: Good. …Okay, so just go ahead and relax a little bit I am going to fuss with your hair a little …just to get it ready. …We've got some beautiful light for you today. …
Next, Natalie details a variety of common one-light and two-light lighting techniques, explaining exposure, metering considerations, and light modifiers along the way.
The course concludes with several lighting tips, including minimizing physical challenges and do-it-yourself lighting gear instructions.
- Understanding lighting positions
- Deconstructing photos to study lighting
- Lighting a portrait for a Rembrandt pattern
- Backlighting in portraits
- Examining a four-light portrait scenario
- Lighting for different skin tones