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TOPIC: Natural Backlight

Natural Backlight 3 years 7 months ago #3936

First try of going out with the goal to shoot backlit photos of my dog Casper. Any suggestions on how I could have done it better?


Casper Spring 2013 by Julie Anne Moore's Photography, on Flickr


Casper Spring 2013 by Julie Anne Moore's Photography, on Flickr


Casper Spring 2013 by Julie Anne Moore's Photography, on Flickr


Casper Spring 2013 by Julie Anne Moore's Photography, on Flickr
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Natural Backlight 3 years 7 months ago #3976

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I think the 2nd one is the best, the top one I think if you had a bit of a faster shutter speed to kill the ambient light some, but if you were to far away, it may not have worked, it would be a very nice shot. To me they are all keepers. the sun is a little to low in the last shot you posted
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Natural Backlight 3 years 7 months ago #3978

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I have to say your photography is excellent. Nice composition and nice dog btw. (love dogs). Have you tried using off camera flash ? Could work if the dog is not movi ng, then you can expose properly for the background, instead of having to bring it back in post.
I also like playing with selective whitebalance in lightroom for skies/background...
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Natural Backlight 3 years 7 months ago #3988

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Nice shots Julie. :)

Number two and three are my favourites. I love the composition of two and how you cropped in tight. I like the simpler background too as it is the least distracting of the set. I love the rim of backlight behind the dog also. Number three is great too. Again, I love the composition; very strong image.

I am not so keen on the first one. I don't like the way the camera has been tilted for the composition and I find the big blown out blob of sun behind the dog distracting. Casper's expression is nice though.

Similarly, with number four, I like the composition and the fact Casper is running this time. Again though, I find the sun distracting and I am not so keen on the tree in the background either. Nice backlight though.

These may simply be personal gripes with the photos as opposed to major flaws. I find that when the sun is actually in the image as opposed to simply the light behind Casper, the image doesn't work as well. I would like to see some more shots like the second one where you went in tight with the composition. For a wider view, I would personally prefer something where there is no blob of blown-out sun in the background. If you have access to a flash and some gels, you could get creative with that too, so long as Casper doesn't mind the flash too much.

Good job again Julie; I look forward to seeing some more of your work. :side:

Also, beautiful dog and great name too! :P
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