"backlight"

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  1. Starlite

    Starlite TPF Noob!

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    I have been told a little bit about a "backlight", and how it is used to create different effects and outlines for portrait photos....

    Can anyone help me on the basics of what the backlight does, and if anyone has a photo or two that would illustrate examples, that would be too too cool.



    thank you!!!! :bigangel:
     
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    Do you mean a light to make a halo around your subject? If that is what you mean, take a look at my avatar, it uses a light aimed back at the subject.
     
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    You can also use backlighting to create a silhouette (person is completely dark, surroundings are visible). For silhouettes, you need strong backlighting and little or no keylight, and expose for the background, not the person.
     
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    A 'back light stand'...is just a basic light stand that is not as tall as a regular light stand. This makes it easy to hide behind the subject. You would then use a light to either back light the subject, as seen in Ladyphotog's avatar...or you can use the light to light up the background...or both.

    The one you linked to...looks to have a standard light stand head on it. That should accommodate any standard light or accessory.
     
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    thanks again Big Mike!
     

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