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A Photo a Week Challenge: Backlit

There was a time when shooting anything “backlit” was a photographic “no-no.” I never agreed with that. For one thing, sometimes that’s the only light in town and we don’t all have either studio lighting or feel inclined to use a flash.

Not a Christmas Cactus, backlit

I don’t like flash. It make pictures look flat. Sometimes, one has no choice because hey, it’s night, and you want a picture. But if there’s any kind of reasonable indoor lighting and you have a fast enough lens, you can get a picture without flash. Probably not if you’re using a cell phone, but a real camera.

Backlit Easter Lilies

Backlighting is a different beast. Improperly used, you wind up seeing nothing but a silhouette. Maybe that’s what you want. Sometimes I want black, skeletal trees in front of a setting sun. On the other hand, sometimes…

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