Welcome to Week 32 of the Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project. This week’s theme is “Backlight” … using backlight in photography to shine a light on your angelic dog.
Shiny angelic dogs
So what exactly is backlight? Backlight happens when I place the dog in front of me, so I am facing the light, with the light coming in behind the dog which in turn illuminates their coat in the most magical and angelic way. It can be technically tricky, and very much depends on the time and location. As the photographer, I need to ensure that I adjust my exposure so as to not lose detail in the shadows on the dog’s face, but also being careful not to blow out the highlights too much in the rim light around the dog. With a few adjustments in the editing process the image can be transformed into a stunning portrait.
Here is an example of backlighting with sunshine.
Backlight can also be created using artificial lighting as we used in this photo of Lexi in Arrowtown, New Zealand earlier this year at Barkzealand. A simple speedlight was placed behind Lexi which resulted in a stunning burst of backlight which also highlighted the soft rain that was falling.
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