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:

1If 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.

2If 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.

3Take the picture.

It’s just that easy!