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 two favourites 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 4: Backlighting

Our theme this week is Backlighting. This is a chance for you to experiment with light and try to achieve this incredibly effective style of lighting.

For some guidance, have a read of the following tutorials:

Last Week’s Favourites

Here are our favourites from last week’s theme — Bokeh! View all the entries on our post.

Photo by RLipscombePhoto

It’s a simple subject: some grass with a sycamore tree seed amongst the blades. But the use of bokeh in this shot really, really adds to the image. The dew on the grass forms beautiful dappled circles in the background, forming a dreamy bokeh. This is done using a shallow depth of field, and the lighting has helped to highlight the dew drops. Great work.

Photo by Sue Dudley

A beautiful bokeh of all the surrounding snow drops has created another dreamy scene. Without the use of a shallow depth of field to create this bokeh, the shot would be less interesting. The shapes created give depth and interest to the scene.

Submit Your Photo

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.

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, 20th December, to submit your photo.


Great Grey Owl hunting in Lapland by Jari Peltomäki on 500px.com


Lions Breath by Richard Peters on 500px.com


The Silhouette by Richard Peters on 500px.com


Backlit South Devon Brown Hare by Seb Loram on 500px.com


Good luck!

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