Backlit in Yosemite
When you’re shooting an ultra-wide image that
showcases the environment and your subjects, they
might get lost in the background. Backlighting is a
fantastic way to bring attention to your subjects while also
exaggerating atmospheric effects like rain, mist, fog and smoke.
For this engagement shoot, our couple wanted an epic wide
shot with this waterfall in Yosemite National Park. To help chisel
them out of the scene, we knew we could add a backlight to help
them pop out from a rather busy environment.
Our first step was to determine our exposure by starting with
shutter speed to control the motion of the waterfall and then
dialing in our exposure to compensate for the light. We then
placed a Profoto B2 behind the couple at 50 percent power to
backlight them in the scene. We made the stylistic choice to cool
down our in-camera Kelvin to create a temperature throw and
used 2800K for our final shot with a CTO gel on the Profoto B2 to
contrast the color.
Pye Jirsa co-owns an L.A.-based wedding studio called Lin and
Jirsa Photography with Chris and Justin Lin. With a team of over 60
creatives, Lin and Jirsa Photography shoots around 400 weddings and
events each year.
CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark III LENS: Hasselblad Macro 120mm f/4 II
EXPOSURE: f/4 at 1 second ISO: 100 LIGHTING: Profoto B2, CTO Gel
Backlighting is a
fantastic way to
bring attention to
your subjects while