8 week online workshop

lesson 4: topic 3: backlighting

I like this picture of Clare, even with the bump on her head! Her eyes are so bright here 🙂 This was taken early in the morning, on our trampoline, with the sun behind her.
The picture of Lou was taken in the doorway of the workshed, again early in the morning so the sun was right behind her. I managed a little bit of lens flare, but only a little bit.
The last picture was taken this morning, again with the sun behind the girls. My brother Dan and his girlfriend were visiting (both work in the mining industry and for some reason thought it would be fun to travel in a Wicked Van – I think they have realised the error of their ways after a few nights in it!). I like the picture because Dan is looking at the girls rather than the camera.

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Mum to 2 little girls. Live & work on a cattle station in Queensland. Have only been 'on the land' for the past 5 years - before that I was a Marketing Manger for a regional airline, then I met a grazier, fell in love, and moved away from it all :)


  1. Oh poor Clare. That looks like a nasty bump. You have exposed this well which is not easy to do with backlighting. Looks like the sun has reflected back into her eyes from the trampoline. A little bit of editing (which you’ll get to later) would really make her eyes pop. Even though this lesson is about lighting don’t forget to watch your backgrounds. The green pole is a little bit of a distraction. Lens flare is a bit hit and miss so you never really know how much you’ll get or how it will look. I usually shoot a lot of images and move my position just slightly each time if I’m going for deliberate lens flare. That way you’ll usually get one that works. I love the expression on Lou’s face. It looks like she has a fun secret that she’s dying to tell you 🙂 . The third one is a nice moment captured. The colours are a little washed out which often happens with backlighting. Again I show you some editing tweaks (in lesson 8) to bring the colours to life. Well done with this, backlighting is not easy and takes practice.

  2. Thanks Robyn. Looking back I think I may have had the exposure set incorrectly for the picture of Dan with the girls : / Too excited about having family here, not concentrating enough :).

    On another note – I seem to only see images posted by Siobhan. Not sure if no one else is posting, or if I have just dropped out of the loop somehow 🙁

  3. Love the first photograph. The depth in her eyes is so beautifully captured. Hope her bump is all better soon.

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