Location Challenges: How to shoot Backlit Situations
Backlit, so backlit, meaning you're my subject. The sun is behind you, so you're lit from the back. So Backlit Situations. We saw that one earlier today. That's, you know... That, to me, is classic for backlit. Another one. Another one. So this is Yosemite. I forget the name of the fall, but this is one of the waterfall that has the rainbow at the certain time in the morning, certain time in the year. So we went there to shoot it and it never happens. And what's funny is I had my 24 to 70 lens on. Or no, maybe my 70 to 200, and there's a group of us. We're you with us that morning? We were together in Yosemite. But it was funny, because I brought this picture back later on. Everybody said, "Oh, man, "you're, like, hiding good shots from us." I didn't even think about it, but it ended up being one of my favorite photos from the trip, and it's just so simple, barely even shows the falls, the reason why we went there, and never even happened. But what's cool about it, it's the backlight, ...
that light coming in from behind the rocks that's over there and backlighting that tree, really, I think makes it stand out. So... use the sun. Here's a tip for you if you're in a backlit situation. And this is probably one of my favorite ones. What really works about that is that there's a dark background. So when you're in a backlit situation, maneuver yourself to, if you can, whatever you have, whatever is being lit from behind is gonna look like it's glowing. If you can maneuver yourself to where there's something dark behind it, it'll really stand out, really look like it's glowing. And that's an important one. It's funny, these are like little recipes I wish I knew when I started photography. But you know how I learned that? I learned that from Cliff Mautner He's a wedding photographer. And he does, a popular photo that he does is he has... There's light coming in, so let's say that's a window. He'll have a bride stand there in a darker room and it'll just have this nice rim light right along the edge of the bride. The problem is that there's the window here and the bride's in front of it. You're never gonna see that, 'cause it's white behind him. So he says, "Just move yourself to where you're still "kinda getting that light," but maybe there's a wall there now. And now you see the light. And so as I got into this, I'm like, "Okay." "I can take that, and I can put it into play in nature." A flower is lit from behind. If it's got white, whatever, behind it, I'm not gonna see that glow. But if I move something dark behind it, you can see it. All right, so I got my organizing thing that we'll do. Remember, anybody that tuned in now, mattk.com/creativelive, I got some free PDFs for you. I'm gonna add that other one. I promise I'll do it when I go back tonight. But there's the little location scouting tips. There's the long exposure tips. And then we're gonna do my camera setting reset tips that I'll throw in there as well. So before I go into the organizing part, because we're gonna basically say, "All right, I got back from my San Francisco shoot. "Let's just get our files on the computer, "do some back up, figure that part all out "before we get into the processing tomorrow." Any questions on this stuff?
Do you use any phone apps to help you determine where the sun's going to come up or where it's going to set?
Yes, I do use phone apps. So... I use... one of my favorite ones, and I know there's a ton of them out there. One of my favorite ones is Sun Seeker. Sun Seeker is pretty cool. So I don't know if you can... Can you bring that up? So I know it's tough for you guys to see. But Sun Seeker's pretty cool, because, oh, you can see it. There we go. See that? Now here's what's really neat about it. Don't mind the cracks on my phone screen. So here's what's really cool is... You see those arcs? So it's actually telling me... Hold on. It's actually telling me where the sun is and where it'll be. Oop, I guess that's it. But not so much in here, but when I'm standing outside, I can go to a location. Let's say I get there early. Let's say I get there in the morning, and I'm gonna go back for sunset, I can actually stand there, and I can move around. And you turn the 3D view on, so it uses your camera, and I can stand around. I can see exactly where the sun is gonna go down. So I can start planning my shoot. I go, "Okay, it's gonna go down there. "I wanna be pointing that way. "I wanna shoot this, whatever." And you see exactly... It's great in the mountains too. You guys are close to Yosemite. Sunset is not... The sunset time in Yosemite... The sunset is when the sun goes down below the horizon, but you got all these hills and everything like that, so this'll tell you sunset might be at seven o'clock. But you do that, and you say, "Wow, "it's gonna go behind that peak at 5:30." So you better be there before 5: if you wanna try to get that. So I like Sun Seeker. And then the other one I use... And if the long exposure tip sheet that I have for your phone for this, it's actually got it on there, is Slower Shutter. Slow-er Shutter, and that's a good one for long exposures. It helps calculate the time that your shutter speed should stay open for, based on certain things. The tip sheet that I gave you tells you how to use it. And the class goes into it as well. So those are two ones that I like. The Photographer's Ephemeris is another one. I don't know how you spell Ephemeris, (students laugh) but it's a pretty popular... It's E-P-H... Figure it out (laughs.) So that's another pretty popular one, too, where you can put your location in and it'll kinda tell you all the details about what everything's gonna happen.