Often, the most dramatic images are those made when shooting into the sun (back lighting). However, this situation presents much greater exposure challenges than does sun behind you (front lighting) and sun to the side (side lighting). Front lighting is often boring. Side lighting is wonderful for emphasizing texture. Back lighting is in a class of its own for the variety and drama it offers.
An Example – Silhouettes
Silhouettes are obtained by back lighting the subject.
- Spot or center metering, to properly expose the bright parts, will give a good starting exposure for a silhouette.
- Beyond there, use the histogram & exposure compensation for fine adjustments.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO HARM YOUR EYES WHEN DOING THIS!!!
Here are the important settings used to make the above:
- Left f/4.8, 1/6400, 180mm, EV = – 2/3
- Center f/5.6, 1/1250, 200mm, EV = 0
- Right f/22, 1/320, 300mm, EV = – 2/3