23 Apr 2011

How to deal with heavy back-lighting.

Leave the camera on auto and you will end up with an unattractive, boring, black silhouette every time. Take a test shot, check it out on the cameras LCD screen, adjust exposure compensation to overexpose, re-shoot, check LCD screen, readjust exposure compensation to taste, re-shoot and voila! Easy peasy!

Nikon D90, Nikon 35mm f1.8DX, 1/160s, f2.8, aperture priority, +4 exposure compensation, edited in Corel Paintshop Pro X3.


  1. Easier: pick exposure in point mode from face, best option for portraits :)

    Another option: take somebody to catch some reflecting material (even the one from left or some cheap car windshield reflector ;)) to reflect light directly to person :))

    Btw nice composition :)

  2. There are many ways to skin a cat... this is just one way.

    Glad you like the composition, it's also one of the brides favourite pics from the day.