How to use backlights for an effective feel of the photograph?

Back lighting is something which gives us the feel of mood and glow in the photos. In particular, the back light with a feel of rim at the edge of the subject truly brings the third dimension of the subject. The translucent subjects reveal fantastic texture details in the backlight scenes. Landscapes looks refreshing with a good backlight


The following tips may help you to shoot nice backlight shots.

  1. Choose to shoot in early mornings and late evenings for an effective back light.
  1. Use mist, smoke, stream, dust and extra humidity for an effective visual of backlight._MG_4991c
  1. Position the Sun at an oblique angle and let the light pass through the scene towards the camera.
  1. Use good lens hood or light cutters to avoid unwanted glare or flare in the shots. An added glare or flare sometime gives an extra punch to the photo.IMG_0149
  1. Take exposure for the shadows and underexpose for about a stop or more for a better details of highlights.
  1. Use gentle fill in flash for people shots to get the details of the shadow areas.IMG_0096c
  1. Be careful about Auto focus. Most of the entry level DSLR cameras may not be able to autofocus the scene that easily. If you are comfortable and the subject is fairly not moving fast, then you can try manual focus.
  1. A shift in the white balance towards amber will be good for day light shots.
  1. A landscape shot with the feel of shafts of light using back light will be looking fresh and energetic.                          _MG_0211c
  1. Add an extra contrast in the picture style setting or while working in the digital darkroom.
  1. The punch of steam or smoke will be appetizing while using a gentle back light.
  1. Use a gentle rim or back light for all the portraits and people shots to enhance the texture of hair and skin textures._C1A6700
  1. A bright back light where the exposure is settled for highlights, results in a beautiful silhouette.
  1. A back light shot of a food setup and transparent products are definitely appetizing.IMG_3842s

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Masterclass in Composition by KL Raja Ponsing

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Now yours will be too.
Regardless of the device you are shooting with,
The most important skill you absolutely need to have in any visual art is the ability to compose your frames. Good composition helps you make great looking images.

Learn how to plan for your shots and make the best quality pictures which talk about you and what you want to tell your audience. Join us to learn the ART OF COMPOSITION.


Dates: 30th Nov 2019
Time: Saturday 2.30p.m – 5.30p.m
Fees: Rs.1,250 /- 
Venue: Ambitions 4 Photography Academy
Call: 9444 441190 to enroll

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Understand Auto Lighting Optimizer – Highlight Tone Priority in தமிழ்

ரெபிலெக்டர் (reflectors) மற்றும் பில் பிளாஷ் (fill-in flash) பயன் படுத்த முடியாத தூரத்தில் உள்ள காட்சிகளை சரியான டீடைலுடன் (exposure) போட்டோ எடுப்பது எப்படி?

கேனான் காமெராக்களில் “ஆட்டோ லைட்டிங் ஆப்டிமைசேர்” (Auto Lighting Optimizer) மற்றும் “ஹை லைட் டோன் பிரியோரிட்டி”(High Light Tone priority) மற்றும் நிகான் காமெராக்களில் “ஆக்டிவ் டி லைட்டிங்” (Active D Lighting) செட்டிங்ஸ் எப்போது எப்படி பயன்படுத்தவேண்டும் என்று தெரிஞ்சிக்கனனுமா? இந்த வீடியோவை முழுவதும் பொறுமையாக பாருங்கள்…உங்க படங்களில் சரியான விபரங்களுடன் கூடிய ஒளியமைப்பினை பெறுவது என்பதை தெரிந்துகொள்ளுங்கள்.

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Advanced Studio Lighting course participants works

Here are some interesting images shot by our alumni and students who have completed the Advanced Studio Lighting course at Ambitions 4 Photography Academy, Chennai.

Praveen Kumar completed his Advanced Studio Lighting weekend course course at Ambitions 4 Photography Academy in Feb 2018.

Career Opportunity – Smiley Media.

There are several career opportunities available in the Photography Industry. Watch this space for updates on the same. Ambitions 4 Photography Academy will serve as a link between the student photographers as well as the alumni and the organisations providing the opportunity.

Smiley Media is looking for an ideal candidate with  excellent technical skills, using industry-standard software such as Photoshop.
Training on the Job will be given.

Job Title :
Photographer(Wedding Photographer)
Designer(Wedding Album designer)
Image Retouching artist(Color Correction)

Employment Type : Full Time
Freshers and Experienced both are preferred.

Software Proficiency :

Job Description:
Photographer :
Will be part wedding photography team, should be doing wedding traditional photography and should good knowledge with regards camera and lighting.
Designer :
Major works will be album designing others works may include brochure,pamphlet etc.
Image Retouching artist :
Should have good knowledge in software and colors.major role is image editing , high end retouching,skin and product retouching.

Company Details : smiley media –
Contact Number :
Mr. Manikandan N : +91 9841911176