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What is Backlight?

The Basics:

Backlight refers to when the main source of light for an image is behind your subject or point of focus. For example, this could be where your subject is standing between you and the sun. In such a case it is likely that they will be underexposed, so the photographer will need to take remedial action, either by adding ‘Fill Flash’, recomposing the scene, or forcibly overexposing the background.