Saturday, April 20, 2013

Studio Backlighting with Continuous Lights

When I posted these black and white studio photos on my Jill Wellington Photography
Facebook page, several people contacted me to ask how I lit them.
I want to share the photography technique with you.
I love how her hair just ignites with the backlight,
yet the lighting on her face is soft and beautiful.
I have continuous lights in my little basement studio.
When shooting outdoors, I love backlighting in the sun,
So, I decided to set up the back light as if it
was the sun...nice and high "in the sky" to the right of my subject.
Then I used a reflector to bounce the light
back into the subject's face.
I also used a fan to blow her hair.
The key to the soft light on the face is using
a reflector rather than a harsh light.
 I really enjoyed experimenting with the
technique on my lovely daughter
with the long flowing hair.

The photos were also beautiful in color.
I loved capturing the "sun" haze.
Here's without the haze...such beautiful soft light!
No harsh shadows on the face.
I also tried adding a texture as a "wall" behind her and like this, too.
Try this technique if you have access to studio lighting!


  1. The lighting is these shots! Thanks for showing us how you achieved the end result.

  2. Divine portrait photography ~ love the veil effect and thanks for sharing the lighting process ~ ^_^ Happy Weekend.

  3. Clever stuff and good results Jill. Me I point, shoot and hope for the best.

  4. Exquisite backlit portraits with that beautiful, charming!

  5. Beautiful portraits!
    I remember learning some of those techniques when I took a photography class in college. I was using a 35mm Minolta 101 if that tells you how long ago that was!
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Lea's Menagerie

  6. Hi! I looked your posts. There are many beautiful photos. I am very impressed them very much. They are stunning beautiful.
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

  7. Thank you for sharing and paying it forward.
    What beautiful pictures (of both of you) - I can see where your daughter gets her looks.

    I have come to your site by way of the comment area on Leovi's site - which I adore.

    I have added myself as a follower - I look forward to looking around your blog. :)


  8. Lovely photos! I love backlighting.

  9. Gorgeous lighting, and I love the use of the scarf!

  10. wow... the lighting is just gorgeous for this beautiful girl! your photos are wonderful!! so happy you joined us 'in the studio'... hope you join again! :)