What is backlight photography?
As the name suggests, backlighting refers to a light source positioned behind the subject, and in backlight photography, the said light source is key in the composition of the image. The camera-facing light source, be it natural or artificial, leaks and wraps around the edge of the subject blocking it, creating an almost silhouette-like effect when done properly. This is not to be confused with background lighting, which refers to the technique of illuminating the backdrop of a set. Backlighting is incredible in creating additional depth and attaining visual impact. However, it can be tricky to apply properly, and excessive backlighting can lead to over exposure and unfavorable shadows. But with the tips below, you will be well on your well to mastering backlight photographer.