Tips on capturing a stunning backlit portrait

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Dramatic back-lighting from the sun and the golden flares that flood your viewfinder can give you an incredible image. Not only that, the mood of your photo is vastly different from portraits, there’s a warm, feminine feel to this, and your artistic flexibility is truly unlimited.

I like to get these shots late in the afternoon, I generally use a wide aperature which creates a great buttery bokeh on the background. It’s also a good idea to have only part of the sun viewable and keep the majority of it blocked by your subject to avoid flooding your photo with too much light – it’s a delicate balance to find that sweet spot which gives you a golden tone and great lens flares, so experimenting is key!

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August 31, 2012

Thanatonautii

Nice picture and great info! Thanks!

August 30, 2012

Adeliepenguin

Beautiful shot. Thanks for sharing:)

August 29, 2012

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing, these images are hard to get them well done.

August 29, 2012

Picstudio

Thanx for ur tips!

August 29, 2012

Parkinsonsniper

I always find such shots very brave. I still can't try them :))

August 29, 2012

FabioConcetta

Beautiful description of the implementation of this fantastic portrait. I also thought to make a portrait with this type of light, congratulations for this beautiful blog and image.

August 29, 2012

Hafakot

Interesting, Thank You !

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