Natural Backlight

November 19, 2010

While in El Paso shooting a band I had the opportunity to go to some new locations. One of them was this really cool loft that had a huge window. Trying to come up with new ideas I decided I would try to use the window as a huge backlight.

The effect was easy to achieve. I knew if i were to drag my shutter a bit (1/160th) the bright light from the rear would blow out and wrap around. This alone would result in the subject to be lit from the rear and sides but the front would still most likely be underexposed. To counter that I added a single light (sb-800 in a 42″ softlighter) front and center of the model for fill. That’s about it. The shot took about a minute to setup. This was actually one of my test shots before the band stepped in.