Frame by Frame: Soft Backlight

  Kansas City Engagement by Jordan Brittley_013

I want to share the details behind two images today! I love to let the light define my images so shooting backlit is a natural step for me when I am behind the camera. One of the things that I love about Allie (pictured) is how full of life she is. She is a ton of fun, but also has this soft elegance about her and I wanted to really pull that out in a photograph.

Camera: Contax 645 Lens: Karl Zeiss 80mm Film Stock: Fuji 400H rated at 200 Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Image Above This image was taken at the very beginning of our session (approximately 1.5 hours before sunset). We were standing next to a few evergreens in an open field. I had her turn to face the sun and asked her to throw her bouquet over her shoulder. I really wanted to add as much color to the image as possible (it was in the middle of winter) and I loved the bouquet paired with the red lips! I asked her to close her eyes and take a deep breath and after waiting a few seconds, I asked her to look at me. This was the result.

Sometimes people just need to be given some space to breathe during their sessions! It can be really nerve-wrecking to be in front of the camera and by giving them some time to just breathe, you are putting the focus back on who they really are. Not who they think they should be for the photographer.

Aperture: f/2.0 ISO: Fuji 400h rated at 200 Why do I rate my film at 200? This tells the camera that my film stock is 200 when it is really 400! This produces an overexposed image by 1 stop and creates an illuminated, full-of-light image. Shutter speed: 1/250


Missouri Winter by Jordan Brittley Photography_0002

This image was taken at the very end of our session. We were in the open field at this point because I knew that I needed an open environment to achieve the colors and illuminated image that I wanted! The sun was setting just behind the trees (it was being diffused by the trees), which is why I didn't run into much of a lens flare problem! I asked Allie to face the sun and touch her hair with her left hand. We were next to the frozen pond which was reflecting light onto the sequins and illuminating her left side! I love the warmth of this image because it was COLD that day! If I am remembering right, it was 7 °F and our fingers were numb by this point (even after warming up in the car several times)!!

Aperture: f/2.0 ISO: Fuji 400h rated at 200 Shutter speed: 1/60

I remember having a lot of questions about how to shoot backlit images when I first started photography, so if you find yourself with those kinds of questions please let me know! If there is enough interest, I will dedicate a post to the specifics of how I approach backlighting with digital and film. You can holler at me on Twitter or Instagram (tagging me) and use the following hashtag: #askjordanbrittley.

To see more images from this session, you can view the original post!

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