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    Quote Originally Posted by marymoonu View Post
    But for me, I'll try to do it with my kids who are very fair skinned with very light hair (actually, my youngest is still 99% bald at nearly 15 months)... And rather than just blowing a bit of hair, it's like I'm truly blowing a portion of their skin... And I'm just not sure how to work it out....
    I don't know either. Yesterday I did some backlit shots in our yard. Here is one SOOC:


    I spot-metered off his face, then underexposed it another 2/3rds, and his shoulders and parts of his arm are still blown. I have another SOOC image where there are only very, very tiny blown bits on his arms/shoulders, underexposed 1-1/3, but as you can see, he's very dark.


    It seems with my fair-skinned kids that if there's strong sun, backlighting always blows a portion of their arms... and in this case, shoulders, since he didn't have a shirt on. But I know Steph's kids are very fair and she makes backlighting work! Perhaps it's just a matter of the time of day. These shots were taken at 3:30 p.m. Sunset here is about 8:50 p.m. right now, so they're very much mid-day lighting.
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    The time of day ABSOLUTELY has a huge impact on doing backlighting correctly. Tracy, in the picture above, the sun is still very much overhead at 3:30pm, which means a large part of him is getting that sun..whereas later in the day, the sun would have been positioned more behind him, blowing only the parts that are facing the sun (hair, back, etc.)
    In the case above, I think the only way you could have taken a properly exposed picture is either by using fill flash, or a reflector. I probably would have chosen fill flash.
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    Yeah, that time of day is still a little harsh for no shade. Definitely try it sometime more around 6pm, and I think you'll like the results much better, and have an easier time exposing. Because the sun is still higher in your pictures of Micah, you're going to get those blown spots on the shoulders and get more of that rim lighting that I think you're after. The shoulders won't get all that sun later in the day. Of course, you could try earlier in the morning, too, but I know how hard it is to get out of bed sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    Yeah, that time of day is still a little harsh for no shade. Definitely try it sometime more around 6pm, and I think you'll like the results much better, and have an easier time exposing. Because the sun is still higher in your pictures of Micah, you're going to get those blown spots on the shoulders and get more of that rim lighting that I think you're after. The shoulders won't get all that sun later in the day. Of course, you could try earlier in the morning, too, but I know how hard it is to get out of bed sometimes
    We're so often indoors with DH, getting supper ready and doing baths, at the best time of day for backlighting. But I will try again some evening when we take a family walk or something.

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