Film doesn't like backlight

I've seen many people say in Facebook groups that they've been told that "film doesn't like backlight". This could not be farther from the truth. Film is just a tool, you only need to learn how to use that tool to get what you want from it. If you've ever thought this or heard someone say this, remember that film has been around for a very long time, and people have been taking jaw dropping photos on film for a whole lot longer than digital cameras have been around. 

The limitations I see photographers experience with film shooting are not because film is limiting them, but because the photographers are limiting themselves and their photography skills.

Below are images taken in strong backlight, sometimes so strong I could barely see to focus the lens. There are a few things I do to make sure my images are lit the way I want them to, and I choose techniques based on what I want the image to feel like. My most used technique is to use a reflector if I don't have enough light bouncing onto my subject's face already. There's sometimes a several stop difference between the shadow and light side of my subject and I don't always want to completely blow the background out, so in that case I'll use a reflector and average my exposures between the readings I take from both sides of my subject. 

At our big workshop we talk about shooting in all kinds of light, including backlight, and show different kinds of techniques you can use to get stunning images no matter what the light looks like.

-Sarah Collier, Founder

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