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Backlit Portrait

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13. Backlit Portrait

Lesson Info

Backlit Portrait

Hey, guys, welcome to Creativelive. My name is Casey, and for today's creative photography challenge, we're going to do a backlit portrait now. This is my favorite, the favorite of the challenges, because it's something that I love to see. It's just it's pretty, it's fun. And it's just one of those things that makes you happy that you're a photographer. I'm gonna explain the steps that's going to take to make sure that you get the best possible shot. So for this backlit portrait, of course, we want the sun to be behind them now. What's important is that it's not just behind them a little bit and easily be either behind them completely or out of your frame. And to do that, it's just it's making sure that you're focused and that you're aware of where the sun is. Stock settings for this and for most porches. I actually like to hang out at an aperture of 2.2, and that just tends to give me a little bit of a safety zone to make sure I'm not missing focus. And with the light that we have tod...

ay, I'm gonna I'm going to be at I s o of 100. My shutter speed we'll have to figure out once I'm out there kind of depends on the look that I'm going for. If I want the background to be a little brighter, I may shoot around 1600. But if if if it is to write which it might be, I might drop down to 3200 or four thousands of a second gear needed for this challenge. A camera, your favorite lens, a subject and son. Keep your head. Keep your heads straight, but bring your eyes to me just like that. Perfect. That's it. And this looks great. If you haven't already, go to creativelive dot com slash CPC to sign up for more challenges just like this. And we want to see what you're able to create similar lighting situations and share them on instagram using the hash that create a photo challenge

Class Description

Lacking ideas on what to shoot? Feeling uninspired behind the lens? Not sure what to do to flip the switch on your internal lightbulb? 

What if you had new, weekly creative photography ideas sent to you directly one a week?  "Assignments" that took you out of your daily grind, got you outside, and helped you break through your creative blocks? 

Join CreativeLive for a series of free photography challenges designed to bust you out of your comfort zone. You'll try new techniques, pick up new skills, and expand your photographic creativity. 

What is the Creative Photography Challenge?

As fellow photographers, we know exactly how you feel. We've all felt drained of ideas of what to shoot next. This is why our team got together and designed the Creative Photography Challenge: a series of short, snackable videos that will help you discover and harness new photography techniques.  You'll be inspired by our community of fellow photographers that are participating in this challenge right along with you. 

The challenges are simple; Each video is under five minutes long, so they won't take forever to watch, and you can complete each challenge in just a few minutes or take an entire day to really hone in on your new skills. 

Here are the episodes:

How it works

All you have to do to get started is click the free "Sign Up" button.

Once you take your photo, tag it on Instagram using the hashtag #creativephotochallenge.

Also, you can join the Creative Photography Challenge Facebook group to ask questions, and share your experiences with your fellow photographers. 

Start improving as a photographer today! 


Tanya Lillie

I love the format of this class. Each challenge is presented in a quick, yet thorough manner. It is a great way to try new techniques. The best way for me to learn is by doing and the format of this class gives me the perfect opportunity to do so.

Aoife Lynch

Really love this idea and excited to take this challenge. Loved the live Facebook chat with Chase last night. Feeling inspired :D


I am more than happy to agree with other people here... this is a great idea and is really enjoyable. Thanks guys :)