WHEN A SUBJECT has bright lights or a bright background behind it, it’s backlit. These situations can prove tricky in metering and exposure because excessive light will fool the camera’s built-in light meter. The solution to this problem will depend on what your vision is for the final image and whether you are using a manual or automatic exposure mode.

When a subject is backlit, you have a few options for rendering it. First you can expose your subject normally, in which case the background will likely be blown out and there will be few visible details in that portion of the image. On the other hand, you can expose for the background, ...

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