Lessons with the Lees {Backlighting: Indoors}

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I have been so busy working on galleries for clients. I can’t wait to share them with you. In the meantime, I have still made sure to find time to capture my own little ones. They are both at such fun stages that I want to hold onto everything about them right now. Which got me thinking….there are so many of you moms out there who I’m sure want to capture your own kids on a daily basis, but just don’t know where to start. To help out, I thought I’d start a new series on the blog Lessons with the Lees!
This week, we are going to focus on backlighting. I love, love, love, backlighting. It adds such drama to a photo and can really allow a subject to stand out. Like this photo of Sawyer,  there is so much lighting filling the frame that you only see her.

Milo loves this train. While it seems like he will always be playing with this train, I know these moments are fleeting. So I wanted to capture him with his train. I love backlighting for detail shots because  everything else is “blasted” out with just Milo and the train left in the image. Let’s use this next shot for our lesson.

SET UP: I set up Milo with the window behind him to make sure the light would pour in around him. I also thought about how I would compose the shot while I was positioning him. Since the window is tall and narrow, I chose a portrait orientation.

CAMERA SETTINGS: My next step was setting my camera settings.  For a backlit shot you want to meter on your subject, not the background. Since there is lots of light I chose a lower ISO of 400. I wanted to blur out my background with a wider aperture however, I didn’t need it to be too low since the light would blast out much of the background anyways. I settled on f/2.5. Then I wanted a quick shutter speed of 1/250 to capture my speedy 2 year old.

When you properly expose your subject, the light behind them is blasted out, leaving your subject as the center of attention. This is one of my new favorite shots of Milo. What an expression!

Compare the previous photo with the next one. This photo is the same cute little boy and his train (and some puffs to keep him interested in cooperating). However, this time I’m between him and the window. There is just a plain wall behind him. Sure, he’s still my cute little boy, but the shot above just has so much more oomph to it!

Now its YOUR turn! Get your camera out this weekend and try some backlit shots of your little ones (or big ones or puppy dog!).  I would love for you to share what you capture on my Facebook page!

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