Easy Steps for Taking Beautiful Backlight Photos

2012-04-30 19

In this tipster, I want to give lomographers a tip for shooting beautiful and lovely backlight photos. Isn’t it great to have nice blue colour on the sky and those high contrasting colours of the subject you are shooting? I personally love it. There is a simple way to get these kinds of lovely shots which I found out around two years back.

The photo above is the kind of backlight photo that you can get when you shoot up at the sky. Grainy, underexposed and low contrast. But with the simple way which I am about to tell you, you can have lovely backlight photos.

You will need:

  • Camera
  • Film
  • A creative mind

Load the film and set the ISO. Yes, the trick is to set the right ISO. Set it to ISO 50 if you’re using ISO 100 film, ISO 100 for ISO 200 film, ISO 200 for ISO 400 film, and so on. Do this if you want to get a clear view of the subject you are shooting.

If you would like to have lovely black and white silhouette shots, it’s easy too! How easy can it be? All you have to do is change the ISO. Set it to ISO 200 if you are using ISO 100 film, ISO 100 for ISO 50 film and so on. You will surely get those lovely silhouette shots that you want.

Easy! So I hope with this easy and quick Tipster, all lomographers will get amazing backlight photos!

written by bao_wei on 2012-04-30 #gear #tutorials #fun #tips #camera #backlight #beautiful #tipster #easy #quickie-tipster


  1. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    nice tip, :) thanks.

  2. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·


  3. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    very informative!

  4. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Thanks rrohe!

  5. jacob-siau
    jacob-siau ·

    great tips!!

  6. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Thanks jacob-siau!

  7. dikasapi
    dikasapi ·

    nice tips!

  8. pollyarts
    pollyarts ·

    Hmmm... so we set the ISO lower for color, and higher for B&W? Interesting...

  9. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·


  10. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Yup u r right!

  11. glenn
    glenn ·


  12. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·


  13. litumai
    litumai ·

    and develop at the right iso?

  14. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Yes develop with the right iso.

  15. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Yes develop with the right iso.

  16. adrianard
    adrianard ·

    Hey... I'm a bit of a newbie... i only recently got my first camera... what would you advise for someone using a diana f+, concering multiple exposure? thanks in advance!

  17. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Since Diana F+ has no setting for ISO, what you can do is to shoot
    the right layer first. For example, shoot on a subject first on the first layer before shooting on the sky on the second layer if you wanna have multiple exposure of a subject and the sky. Using a slide film would be a better choice for multiple exposure. Hope this helps!

  18. schemerel
    schemerel ·

    great tipster !

  19. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Thanks schemerel!

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