Oxford School of Photography

insights into photography

“Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing; light is everything.”—-Leonard Misonne

Yes light is what photography is about, if the light works then almost anything can be your subject so learning to see light and to appreciate the qualities it has to illuminate a subject is a photographers task. These images on the Lightstalking website show the value of working with back lighting, or contre-jour as it is often named.

“Having a scene lit from behind can serve to bring out the shape and form of subjects in a beautiful way. Sometimes it can also diminish them. These examples of backlit and rim-lit photographs show that, with a little bit of skill, the results can be quite stunning. For some primers on how to achieve a great effect like these examples, check out our articles: “Do You Make These Mistakes When Using Backlighting?” and “How to Capture Stunning Backlit Portraits During the Golden Hours.

all images ©Keith Barnes

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