Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Backlighting and foliage, part of Exploring Photography: Backlighting.
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- Back-lighting opens up another subject matter possibility,…and that is translucent objects.…Things like foliage, hair, clothing,…anything that lets light transmit through it…from behind opens up a whole new world…of compositional, color, and tonal possibilities.…When the light is shining through something,…you get these beautiful, bright, illuminated,…manuscript-like colors, or really great textures…that can look great in black and white.…Foliage is the time where you might see it the most,…just because we're out in the world,…particularly late in the day,…and very often we see the sun shining through plants.…
It's really nice to build compositions up around this.…You can do a lot of the techniques that we've seen already,…of either just letting the sun shine through the material,…or actually using a tree or a plant or something…to block out the sun to create a halo of light…around the object.…There's nothing particularly tricky…about this kind of shooting, no special metering…or anything that you need to do.…
Backlighting can add drama to almost any subject, from leaves to hair, to smoke, to glassware. In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the creative options and exposure challenges behind backlighting in several difference scenarios, from landscapes to portraits, using both natural and artificial light sources.