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20 Extraordinary Uses of Backlighting in the Picfair Collection

Themed Collections

02 March 2018

Posted by Philip Mowbray

Backlighting (also known as rim lighting) is a photographic technique, in which a controlled use of light is placed either directly behind or at right angles to the subject. 

An image with backlighting can be produced using both available and artificial light, and a popular time to work with this technique is during the golden hours of sunrise or sunset; with epic hues of red, yellow and orange and striking, sharp silhouettes. Backlighting, however, can also skillfully be used during the day to create stunning scenes with a difference, and the use of this technique can turn an otherwise average scene into something truly out-of-this-world.

Backlighting is heavily favoured by our incredibly talented pool of photographers and appears in the Picfair collection in remarkable form and across a range of subjects. Just take a look at our curated collection below and see for yourself! And as with every Picfair image (and unlike any other image library!) when you license an image with us, the vast majority of your money will be going directly to the photographer. 

Further Reading: Confessions of a Backlight Lover

A small monkey climbs over a bridge in front of a temple in Kathmandu.

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by Robin Baumgarten

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Late Summer in Sherwood Forest

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by Chris Dale View Store

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A man sweeps the prayer room in the Taj Mahal main mosque before Friday prayers

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A backlit Barn owl with a silhouetted church in the background.

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by Matt Lodge

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On the roadside, photographed from a Tuk Tuk

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The iconic Statue of Liberty at sunset

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The Great American Eclipse August 2017, Color image taken in Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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The lady and the smoke. Fes medina in backlight

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Sunrise at the temple

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Ring tailed lemur in the morning sun, Madagascar. These lemurs are endemic to Madagascar.

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by Alain Poirot View Store

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A camel enclosure in Inner Mongolia, China, holds the two-humped camels that are nowadays used for mostly tourism.

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by Maureen Ruddy Burkhart View Store

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Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site fo... Read more

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Read less

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Man back lit by the sun looking out to the sea. Black and white different shades of grey light on the cliffs behind.

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by Andy Laurence

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A striking silhouette

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A group share two small seats on the train going south from Jodhpur, India

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A young woman riding her bicycle at sunset

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Midnight sun at the beautiful and hidden gem Høyvika beach, Andøya.

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One millennial travel guy walking into the sunset towards Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. Taken during low tide, on the empty beach, as the sun set behind the island

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Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev, Ukraine

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Backlit surfer on a wave, Oahu, Hawaii

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