Magical backlighting is what makes all the difference between a snapshot and a yummy, “take my breath away” photo. If you were to go through all the blog posts I’ve done on photo tips or family travel, you’ll notice that 98% of my photos have backlighting. I love it! I can’t get enough of it! And as a photographer, I’m always searching for it.
On Sunday, I directed a twelve hour commercial photo shoot for a company called Bella, based out of NY. You know there awesome kitchen appliance line and have probably seen them in Target, Macy’s, JCPenney, and more. They flew to Seattle for the photo shoot, and weeks of prepping went into it. On the actual shooting day almost five hours was spent on my team prepping hair and makeup for models, product and food styling, vignette staging, before I even took a single photo. Guess what I was basing the timing of the actual shooting around? Answer: The hours that the sun was going to come pouring in through the windows so I could capture magical backlighting.
We did a BBQ vignette, and again, I was timing the actual shooting around gorgeous backlighting from a setting sun.
Do you have to be a professional photographer to capture magical backlighting results? Not at all. In fact, check out the Disney Junior Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh episode where I taught a mom how to do this with her son and his pet fish. You can even see what a mom viewer captured after seeing the episode!
Even though you don’t need to be a pro, magical backlighting is tough to achieve in Auto mode. This is why we have trained all our CONFIDENCE Teachers to help their students get off Auto and on Manual mode within one day. They are teaching all their students “Me Ra’s Method for Shooting in Manual” because it’s no nonsense, simple, easy. Finessing your results takes practice, but knowing what camera settings and how to measure the degree of light can be learned in a day with the right teacher!
Backlighting can give you a dynamic range of beautiful results. Check out these nineteen photos of magical backlighting from me and my teachers. Click on their beautiful portfolios or find their next photography workshop! If you want to invest in the full 2 day workshop with me and Brian, we are teaching our LAST Seattle CONFIDENCE Workshop in September (big change coming for our family so this is our last Seattle workshop for a long while!) Register and get the juicy details here!