Backlit Portraits - Photography Contest [8 entries]

Kitten Picture

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One of the first rules many photographers are taught is to 'shoot with the sun behind you' to ensure a well lit subject. However rules are meant to be broken and this is no exception- shooting a portrait subject (and other subjects too) with some nice back lighting can create some beautiful effects.

So the challenge is to shoot a portrait with back lighting (light coming from behind your subject). This doesn't mean that the only light in your shot needs to be from behind. You need to balance it with other light (natural, reflected or artificial).

As a portrait, some of the features of the subject need to be recognizable, they do not need to be lighted as brightly as the back, but some sort of 'fill-light' is needed. NO SILHOUETTES!

Required level: 20+ or higher.
Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: itsmymoment

Contest Moderator: For the purposes of this contest we are going to use the following definition of a "Portrait" found on : ; "A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer." This means PERSON...NO ANIMAL SHOTS, Please! ( 5 years and 1454 days ago )

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Kitten - created by locksmagic

Favs: 1SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 1/8Score: 69.8% (93)7646 views

(5 years and 1447 days ago)

F*ck the police! - created by Lodd

F*ck the police!
Favs: 4SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 2/8Score: 69% (80)10217 views

If the title is to "un-cencored" please tell me.

This is photographed using a fisheye and two Nikonflashes as fillight. as backlight i used the sun. (5 years and 1453 days ago)

John 3:16 - created by kyricom

John 3:16
Favs: 1SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 3/8Score: 67.7% (66)7365 views

(5 years and 1449 days ago)

She's a Nikon. - created by Lodd

Shes a Nikon.
Favs: 0SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 4/8Score: 65.7% (52)7459 views

This was one of my first studioportraits. The photo is using a black background and a big softbox as fill.

As backlight there's an elinchrome without modifiers. (5 years and 1453 days ago)

Blond boy - created by WYSIWYG

Blond boy
Favs: 0SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 5/8Score: 65.1% (39)8543 views

(5 years and 1452 days ago)

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