Maybe… but I love backlit photography. For me, it’s a way of creating striking silhouettes that capture the imagination; creating deep shadows that add shape to the composition; creating harder contrasts to isolate a subject…
The trick is to shoot manual and over-expose.
There’s no hard and fast rule to this – just over-expose until the subject looks like it’s properly exposed.
Don’t know how to over-expose?
It’s easy. Every halfway decent camera has a meter that tells you in real-time whether you’re under-exposing or over-exposing, and by how much. Based on that reading, you can manually over-expose the image by either manually widening the aperture or slowing-down the shutter speed.
Some cameras will even do that work automatically for you – all you have to do is turn the exposure compensation dial until your subject is exposed to your liking.
Don’t worry so much about the background being over-exposed. If you’re shooting in RAW, you can probably recover quite a lot of it anyway in post.
I also used to worry a lot about patchy over-exposure, but they’re actually brilliant for black-and-whites.
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