Weekly Photography Assignment: Backlighting

Each week we’ll be giving you a theme that you can submit a photo for, and we’ll choose our favourite to be featured on the Nature TTL website. Participating in these assignments will be a great way for you to force yourself to push the boundaries of your photography and improve together as a community on the website.

Week 154: Backlighting

Our theme this week is Backlighting and we’d love to see what images you can create playing with light to backlight your subjects! This is where the light comes from behind the subject and straight towards the camera. It allows for beautiful rim-lighting around the subject, or for light to come through the back of translucent things like leaves. Will you use a macro lens to photograph an insect or plant in front of the light? Or capture the silhouette of an animal against the last light of the day? Perhaps you will shoot the outline of a tree or forest against the rising sun? The options are endless, and we can’t wait to see what photos you can take using the backlighting technique.

Here are some tutorials to help you:

To enter your photo to this assignment, add it in the comments below this post. By submitting your photo, you are giving us permission to feature your photo the following week if it is chosen as one of our favourites. Please keep images under 2MB in size otherwise you may have difficulty uploading them.

weekly photo assignment
To enter your photo, look at the comments at the bottom of the page and press the ‘Upload Image’ button.

Here are some guidelines to keep things running smoothly:

  • Photos must be your own work
  • Please enter no more than 3 photos per week
  • Please only enter photos taken within the week of the assignment
  • Include a description with your photo and tell us a bit about it!

You have until next Tuesday, 28th December, to submit your photo.

Last week’s winner

Last week’s theme was Signs of Winter – and our favourite image this week is:






















This week’s winner is by Roger Gough: ‘This photo was taken at a nature reserve near Derby. I was pleased to spot that the small flowerheads appeared to have made their own snowballs. I thought that the soft background gave the subject a sense of place.’ We love the dramatic wintery skies of this image, and the way the unique, snowy subject is directly in the foreground, commanding our attention. Well done Roger!


Images embedded from 500px.com.

Good luck!

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