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Compensate for Backlighting when Taking Digital Photos

When the sun or a bright background is behind a subject (backlighting it), your digital camera frequently adjusts to the backlighting, rather than the subject, leaving the subject in the dark. Prevent backlighting from ruining your photo:

1

If possible, position your subject so that the available light falls on it.

Turning your subject 90 degrees makes a lot of the light fall on, rather than behind, your subject.

2

If the light is strong behind your subject, use your camera’s flash to brighten your subject.

The flash helps to avoid the common problem of a dark foreground in backlit pictures.

3

Take the picture.

It’s just that easy!

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