Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity.
Learn what to do when capturing back-lit subjects and how to set up any advanced point and shoot camera. This video is for ...
beginning and intermediate photographers.
Tags:How to Create Backlight Photography,Backlight Photography,How to Take a Good Picture,how to take a picture,How to Take Better Pictures,lbguides,Photographing Definition,photography tips,photography tutorial,Digital Photography,photography lessons
Grab video code:
To have a better understanding of the camera settings talk about in this video, I recommend seeing of the better pictures part two, first.
Here’s a typical backlight situation. The subject is in front of a window with the bright background. As you can se, my subject is much too dark, and the background is very bright. Because this is a portrait, I made sure to use the camera’s aperture priority mode and set a nice wide aperture of F2.8, so at least the background would be blurred out, but that doesn’t fix the backlight problem. What’s clear is that I need to brighter up the subject. In this case, it’s not the background that I’m interested in, so how bright the background becomes is not that important. However, with that said if I can maintain a more natural looking background, it won’t become so distracting.
Ideally, I would have two options using the flash or using the spot meter. However, in some situations with some cameras using the flash won’t brighten the subject enough, and using the spot meter will require a tripod. So you may have to step out of the box a bit, but let’s cover the basics first.
Just using the flash may help. To use the flash I have to force it on. The auto flash setting won’t fire the flash because of the bright background. The flash lit up the subject, and kept background from becoming too bright because all the camera settings stayed the same. However, in this case I think the subject is too bright making him look a little flat. The flash is too strong because I’m so close.
Pocket cameras may not have the ability to lower the flash power, but most advance pointer shot cameras and the DS SLR can, so I lower the power of the flash. I can’t tell you how much to lower, or maybe increase in your situation because it really depends on the camera and distance from the subject.
Now I think it’s much better, but let’s see what comes out if I use the spot meter. The spot meter is something just about every camera should have. What it does is force the camera to look at a very small area in the picture in order to judge the right exposure. Using the spot meter means the subject will come out properly exposed so I don’t have to use the flash.
As you can see, the subject is much brighter than the first picture because now I’m exposing the picture based on him, but the background is much brighter too. Also, because I didn’t use the flash, the subject looks very natural whether that’s a good or bad thing it’s up to you to decide.
You’ll notice the shutter speed is much slower to add more light and brighten the subject. If the subject was any darker, I would have had to use a tripod because the shutter speed would have been too slow for me to hand hold the camera. Don’t be afraid to fill the frame with your subject. If I craft this image a bit, the background will be much less distracting, so in this case these were my options and both worked out just fine.
In some cases, the difference between the dark subject and the bright background maybe so big that even if the flash is used the background will still be too bright, in which case you can always shot a silhouette.
To find out much more about digital photography and your digital camera, go to LBGuides.com