10 Stunning Portrait Photographs That Make Brilliant Use of Backlighting

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It's a common belief in photography to keep the subject perfectly lit from the front to capture good photographs. While it is generally true in many cases, shooting against the light and utilizing backlighting can let you create some stunning images.

Take portrait photos, for example. Backlit portrait images can help you capture rim lighting, the fine illumination or halo of light surrounding your portrait subject, especially with the light dispersing through their hair. This can be accomplished using both natural and artificial light. Early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky, is a great time to utilize sunlight to photograph backlit portraits.

This post is a collection of photographs that illuminate how backlighting can add a magical touch to your portrait shots. It's not going to be about silhouettes though, just to be clear. We hope that these photos inspire you to capture backlit portraits of your own.

If creating portraits is something that interests you and you would like a more complete training on capturing memorable portraits, do take a look at Kent DuFault's guide on the art of portrait photography over at Photzy. But for now, let's sit back and enjoy these photographs!


Photo by Arman Dzaferagic


Photo by Igor Gorshkov


Photo by Kai Heidel


Photo by Mitya Ku


Photo by Sebastian Juśko


Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read


Photo by Luis Hernandez


Photo by Silentmind8


Photo by Nicki Varkevisser


Photo by Chris Ford


Photo by Anna Gearhart


Learn the Art of Portrait Photography

To get a more complete training on capturing truly memorable portrait photographs, do take a look at the guide The Art of Portrait Photography over at Photzy. It covers everything you need to know to take great portrait shots consistently – lighting and posing tips, composition guidelines, getting great shots from minimal equipment, and much more. Click here now to check it out.

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Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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