Creative Examples of Backlit and Rimlit Photos


Having a scene lit from behind can serve to bring out the shape and form of subjects in a beautiful way. Sometimes it can also diminish them. These examples of backlit and rim-lit photographs show that, with a little bit of skill, the results can be quite stunning. For some primers on how to achieve a great effect like these examples, check out our articles: “Do You Make These Mistakes When Using Backlighting?” and “How to Capture Stunning Backlit Portraits During the Golden Hours.

By Emraya on Flickr
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb
By Christian Senger on Flickr
By Jenny Downing on Flickr
Backlight brown horse
By Tambako the Jaguar on Flickr
In situ.
By Calc-tufa on Flickr
By Dicktay2000 on Flickr
By LuzA* on Flickr
By nandadevieast on Flickr
High Energy / La Phaze
By Libertinus on Flickr
By John-Morgan on Flickr

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Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
Rob's Gear
Camera: Nikon D810
Lenses: Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

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