Editor’s Picks: Week 2 Module “Backlit Beauty”

With one small step, you can make great leaps in your photography.

This week’s project results for the theme “Backlit Beauty” teaches us that. We learned about one direction of a light source and how it can be used to create stunning shots.

Ntutu Letseka

Copyright Ntutu Letseka 2012.

Ntutu used film to capture light rays, also called “God rays” or “crepuscular rays” –beams of light that often show up when atmospheric conditions are just right, making the light visible. Schalk Ras, another Tribe member, commented in our Facebook Tribe page, “…digital won’t do that in one exposure.” Ntutu shot this with an Olympus OMPC, Zuiko 40mm lens on Agfa Vista 200 film.

Ker GL

Copyright Ker Geok Lan 2012.

Ker GL who attended a workshop with me last September, remembered her lesson on using the exposure compensation for a backlit shot very well, for the Backlit Beauty module. Ker used a lot of underexposure to narrow the visible part of this image, highlighting the shapes of the leaves and the contrast of the almost complete silhouette with the bright spot of late afternoon light.

Sarah Darr

Copyright Sarah Darr 2012.

Sarah Darr focused on catching a rim light around Nikko, King of the Backyard. We can tell that Sarah was working on a couple things at the same time in her image—the general way that Nikko was behaving, and her angle relative to the cat. She teaches us to move around to find that perfect angle to catch rim light.

Schalk Ras

Copyright Schalk Ras 2012.

Schalk Ras shot this graphic composition on a gray day. Often, overcast days may present a challenge in capturing a high-contrast shot such as a backlit image. We can see that Schalk focused on shapes to make his image work.

Mercy Angela Nantongo

Copyright Mercy Angela Nantongo 2012.

Mercy Angela Nantongo captioned her photo “for lack of a better subject” this week. Although the subject is an everyday object, Angela chose an unusual angle to shoot. She abstracts the shape of the lamp and gives us a photo that skillfully uses negative space to balance the composition.

Mihaela Limberea

Copyright Mihaela Limberea 2012.

Mihaela Limberea found this gorgeous shot of a backlit branch on her walk.  She uses exposure compensation to bring attention to the light illuminating the branch, using the shadows to push attention to the light.

With one small step, you too can make great leaps in your photography. Join us, the Imagine That Photography Tribe, as we take on one challenge a week in our Project 52 in 2012!

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Check out what the Tribe has done so far:

52 Ways to Better Photography in 2012
Week 1 Module Tiny Landscapes
Week 2 Module Backlit Beauty
How to Fool Your Point and Shoot into Thinking it’s a DSLR
Week 3 Module What’s in the Frame
Composition and the Use of Color

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About Aloha

I am a photographer and writer currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. My work has appeared in CNNGo, Canon's PhotoYou magazine, Seventeen magazine, The Korea Times, Thailand Tatler, and a few photography books including recently Blogging for Creatives, a book published in the UK. I believe there is nothing you cannot imagine that you cannot do.

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