As a general rule photographers are told to shoot with the sun at our backs. This ensures that the light is cast upon our subject and our image is exposed correctly. It’s a rule that should be adhered to most of the time. For instance, when taking a picture of a group of friends, we want their faces to be well lit and properly exposed. While we should know the rules and follow them, we should also realize that there are times when rules should be broken.
Shooting into the light will usually result in the underexposure of an image, meaning the subject in the image will be darker than expected. In some cases this can be a good thing. In fact, manually under exposing even further can put our subject in silhouette – resulting in colourful, dramatic images, especially when shooting into the setting sun.
Under exposing the subject allows the photographer to freeze the action and at the same time highlight the rich colours of the setting sun.
Shooting into the sun through the early morning mist creates the sleepy mood supported by the stretching angler.
The moon is also a source of light that we can use to break the rules. Here we shoot into the moonlight to get a starburst effect.
Pointing our camera into the light is not always the way to go but it can result in some strong and dramatic images. Learning the rules and how to break them is another theme to be explored at the Superior Woods and Waters Photography Workshop.
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