I can’t describe how i really love backlighting. When I travel around, I always scout the best place for backlighting. There are actually countless good backlighting spots between Kota Belud and Kudat. Most of the spots are located just by the road site, but we still need to enter locals compound to be able to get the best composition. Kota Belud offering backlight with paddy field and chances to get some nice reflection too. When i drive back and fourth to Kota Marudu from Kota Kinabalu, I always want to stop by and take some picture. Time constrains, bad weather and most often is to pass this route not at the right time are the reason why i still have no photo of it until today.
Anyway, these are some backlight shots i managed to get recently at Kg. Indrason, Matunggong.
About the pictures above, all are taken with available light. The trade off for backlighting is we can’t really preserve clouds detail and it will appeared clipping highlight in our histogram. Those images then post-prosessed in Lightroom with VSCO Film Pack 04 presets.
Often time when i imported my photo files into my computer, i have such problem of selecting images that was taken in just split second, sometimes up to 5 images are all almost the same. Moving from one image to another can be tricky as we are trying to find which are the best among the selected images. Well, not anymore, you now can do it in Lightroom to compare the images in one window by using Survey view in Library module.
To do so, first you need be in Library Module and select images that you want to decide as the final selection or the best.
Once you have selected the images, hit “N” to view selected images in Survey mode. I recommend only to select & view 6 images at one time as the image preview will get smaller as the number of selected images increased. Viewing those 6 image in at one time isn’t quite bad, you can zoom in each images in the survey mode if required to view more of the details.
After viewing those images, now you can shortlist you selection by eliminating images that doesn’t fit your requirement. To eliminate the images, click “x” on the bottom right of each image, the “x” only appear when you mouse-up on the image. You too can hold “ctrl or cmd” and click the image to eliminate them. As you eliminate the images, the remaining images preview gest bigger, it really helps you to make your decision in larger view.
The image that have been eliminate will automatically deselected from the selection so that you can just proceed to do whatever you want to do with the remaining selected images.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing” – Theodore Roosevelt
Me & my daughter having fun with my DIY Beauty Dish which i made couple months ago. All picture are mainly edited with Adobe Lightroom 3, and i did some spot healing with photoshop CS5. Toning made from Lightroom too. My daughter is my key to practice my photography skills without leaving my family at home. I learnt a lot from just shooting her. I have practiced and study about catchlights, strobes, natural lights, available lights, backlighting, black and white by using my daughter as my main model. Here’s some result we managed to get that night.