Window Frame Silhouette - easy to create for impact
Backlighting through a diffusion screen is such a powerful tool. I use it all the time, but usually with a main light on the subject as well. In this sequence of shoots though I am just using the backlight and shooting directly into it.
This method does not create a hard silhouette because the light source is large and diffuse. Instead it gives lovely soft shadows that wrap around the model's body.
You could use any window for this - preferably northern facing so there is no direct sunshine. As long as you diffuse the light with any simple cloth or photographic diffusion screen. In my case I am using simple window blinds in our studio window.
It is important that the model keeps everything inside the frame of window area, otherwise it will work like a crop. It is very easy to crop fingers and feet accidentally.
I've started this series with full length shots, giving Suzanne the opportunity to really work inside the space. I am directing her to keep in contact with one or both edges of the frame all the way through.
By coming in closer we are able to explore the gorgeous light that falls across Suzanne's body. It is important to get the body positioned correctly so that you get mixtures of light and shade across the body. A flat light into the body will kill any interest.
I've deliberately created some out of focus images as well. I love the way this creates mysterious impressions of the human form. Just switch to manual and select a focus point that is most blurred.
What this does is make the lighter parts of the image spread into the darker areas, creating this weird, almost alien, thin figure study.
Windows are great light sources, but try and avoid direct sunlight.
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