View Full Version : What does backlit mean?

05-27-2004, 06:35 AM

Can a screener or someone else maybe explain to me what backlit means, so I dont upload photos like this again? I was under the impresion that it is when the sun is on the wrong side, but on both of these the sun was at about 90 degree angle to the train from behind me, look at the shadows.


I was actually thinking the 2nd one might get rejected for the shadows in the front but not backlit.


05-28-2004, 03:21 AM
Probably because the sun isn't hitting the nose. If you'd shot from the other end of the one with the two engines or if the other one had been travelling the other way, they might've accepted them. Just a guess, though.


05-28-2004, 12:49 PM
If you have a copy of photoshop, use the magic wand tool to select the entire nose area of the locomotive, then feather the selection about 15 pixels so that it doesn't look "edited" when you're done. Then go into levels, and play with them until there is more detail in the nose area.

Unfortunately with our preferred subject for photography, we don't have the lighting flexibility that you'd have with say, shooting portraits. We can't move our subjects, and often bringing in reflectors or artificial light sources to make up for deficiencies isn't an option. Sometimes a high overcast can be the outdoor photographer's best friend, as it creates a giant softbox effect and eliminates harsh, uneven lighting and shadows.

Fortunately we do have digital editing tools that do allow for some correction as long as the difference between the shadows and highlight regions isn't too great.


06-05-2004, 02:53 PM
Depending on the shot, you might consider appealing. I've had shots that were rejected for being "backlit" accepted on appeal after I pointed out that they were actually "sidelit."