Shooting a self portrait into the backlight

Shooting into a backlight creates a dramatic look. The backlight (in my DIY set up) is actually just a net curtain over a window which creates a diffused bright light source. This was my first time doing a self portrait and I used my Fuji XT-3 on a tripod and used the Fuji mobile app.

This was my set up

The exposure is set for my face, but because the brightness of the background is so distorting i set the exposure 1.5 stops over. 

It was a little bit of trial and error to get the exposure correct. as you can see in this bottom picture it’s slightly too dark and you can see the detailing in the curtain behind. However these are JPEGs straight from camera and really when you use this kind of lighting setup you should process your photos afterwards and it’s fine if you need to bring down the highlights in your background. The important thing to expose for is the face not the background.

It was quite fun shooting with my new hat on and I can see the potential of accessories to make portrait shoots more fun.

Published by Rebecca Frankel

Photographer born in London

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