Backlighting refers to lighting in a photograph that comes from behind an object. Backlighting can enhance the finer details of an object (such as the tiny hairs on bug) or a scenes more delicate features (such as the dust particles or drops of mist in a given background). Oftentimes, backlighting comes from ambient light around the subject of the photograph. Aperture settings should be set on the shorter side to limit light and reduce the chances of overexposing the film. If too much light does enter the lens when a photographer is trying to use backlighting, the image will lose definition. If a photographer uses backlighting in a portrait shot, they are generally trying to add a more dramatic, intense mood to the scene.
ODC -- Backlit
Backlighting is extremely important in fly tying as it is in photography. Here you can see in this large fly how the details are magnified by the backlighting. The backlight reflector for this fly tying vise is essential as the eyes get older. I'll add a smaller fly in the coments.
Posted 24 months ago.