Saturday, September 15, 2012

Backlight is Nice Light


Today was Day 1 of my 3rd workshop in Plymouth, MA, which was expertly organized by my friend Amy Davies, who runs Photography Events by Amy.

After an HDR shoot in the morning and quick download session, we had a horse-and-rider shoot, which is becoming a regular on my workshops.

We set up this shot for terrific backlighting. As I was telling the students, it all about the light, which is the topic of my latest Kelby Training class, Light - the main element in every photograph.

For shots like this, you must check your highlight alert to ensure that the brightest area of the scene (back lit areas in this scene) are not overexposed and washed out.

FYI: We carefully selected this are of the horse farm so that the rider and horse were positioned against a dark background, which enhanced the backlit subjects.


Here's another "nice light" shot. The idea here was to play with shadows. On shadows:
- shadows are the soul of the picture.
- shadows add a sense of depth and dimension to a picture.
- light illuminates, shadows define.
- shadows are your friend.

For the top picture, I used the Duplex filter in Nik Color Efex Pro. For the picture directly above, I used Topaz Black and White effects. For more on the plug-ins I use, click here.


While the horses were warming up, I grabbed a quick in-camera HDR shot in my Canon 5D Mark III, set at +/- 2 Ev, Art Vivid mode.

Check out these pictures from my recent workshops, and post some pictures if you have been on a workshop.

As always my friends, Explore the Light,
Rick

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