The theme for Week 13 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 is "back lighting." Backlighting in photography is when there is more light behind the subject, making the subject appear darker than the background. An extreme example of backlighting is a silhouette image where the subject is completely dark, but outlined by the light behind. Many photographers love to use backlighting for their outdoor images as the light can create beautiful effects behind the subject. If you don't want your subject to be a silhouette, you generally need to have a fill light in the front. I was going to try to get a lovely backlit image outside this week, but the weather, unfortunately, did not cooperate with my plans. So, I ended up doing an inside backlit session.
I set up a small set with the main light behind Mr. Bojangles and a fill light and reflector angled towards the front of him. I love how the light highlights the hairs that stick up on the top of his head, because the light is coming from behind him, you can see the details of the individual hairs. To see more backlit images, head on over to Denver pet photographer, StinkDog Photos, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.
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