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  • Christine Chang

    Wedding Photographer. Adventurer. Ninja.

    Lover of brussel sprouts, chubby dogs, and theme parks.

    My interest in photography began in grade school. I would set up my "portrait studio” in the living room by hanging a bed sheet and shining house lamps toward it. Fast forward 20 years and today I am living my dream as a worldwide photographer based in Los Angeles.

    Here you will find some of my recent work along with adventures, personal growth, and other awesome banter.

Back Light is when you use light that is behind your subject to illuminate it.

It’s really pretty and I love using it!

I was at a wedding recently in Pala, CA and snapped this sunset back lit photo.

50mm lens, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

There are a few things to keep in mind when you want to achieve this look:

1. Make sure the light is coming from BEHIND the subject. :)

2. Shoot at a low ISO.  ISO is your camera’s sensitivity to light.  When you use back light, you have LOTS of light coming directly at you.  For something like this, I usually set it to ISO 100.

3. Use manual focus.  With all the brightness that is going on, your camera will probably have a hard time with auto focus.  Use manual focus.

4. Overexpose.  If you listen to your camera’s meter when using with back light (i.e. you are shooting in Auto mode), more times than not, it will make your subject too shadowy and dark.  If this is the case, overexpose as needed.  Overexpose means to make the photo brighter, so slow the shutter speed or open up the Aperture.  This is how you achieve that dreamy, glowy look.

Happy Shooting!

  • Sylvia - March 22, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    CC, I’m so glad you are doing tutorials now. I have a DSLR (nothing fancy) that I hardly ever use because I honestly don’t know how it works. I’m excited to use your tips!!

  • Sandra - March 22, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    A side note: Your dress is beautiful!

  • t - March 22, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    love love love this. I think your dress is so pretty!

  • Webbi T - March 23, 2012 - 8:34 am

    Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • winston - March 24, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Hey Christine,

    It was nice to meet you briefly on facetime. Well, I just wanted to say it is cool what you and your sister are doing. Hope you guys have fun and accomplish everything you want to do over there.

    Winston

  • [...] For more details about how to achieve the soft back-lit look in this photo, please click here. [...]

  • Tao - July 12, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Hey Christine,

    Somebody told me that don’t use too much manual focus on my 50mm lens (mine is f/1.4) cause you may potentially break the focus motor… I don’t know if that is true. Any idea?

The weather has been gloomy, windy, and rainy.  I love when it gets like this because it gives you the opportunity to do a lot of cozy things!

I showed up at Carla‘s and she gave me these cute slippers.  :)

That day she was shooting macaroons for Bottega Louie.  Yum yum yum yum YUM!

The WHOLE time I kept asking, “Are you done?  Can I eat one yet?”  This was taken with my iPhone.

Next we went to eat Pho because HOW CAN YOU NOT EAT PHO ON A COLD DAY?  We also bumped into fellow photographer Yudi Ela.  Isn’t she cute?

YES!!!

Books, books, books.  I love books.

And magazines. :)

Sometimes I enjoy being a creepster and photographing random people’s kids.

Vanilla latte at Alcove Cafe.  It’s a cozy spot and all the boys who work there wear plaid shirts with little bowties.

Bourbon sea salt cookies made by the Brown Butter Cookie Company.  Yes, they are as delicious as they sound.

I don’t go to the movies often but would like to go more.  Especially with all the cool historical theaters in LA!

We saw “Jeff Who Lives At Home.”  It’s a simple story with a great message.  The dialogue is very real.  I almost cried, twice.

To finish the evening, went to dinner at Figaro Bistro with the girls.

Nothing compares to quality girl time.

  • LeeAundra Keany - March 20, 2012 - 11:18 am

    You make even a wretched day look gorgeous and glamorous. What a beautiful talent you have!

  • T - March 20, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    do you carry your Canon 5d with you to take these photos or are these from the Iphone?

    and…”creepster”..so funny!

  • Nira - March 25, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    CC I love your blog! You photo quality is amazing. You do make what typically seems average in LA feel so special! I wish I was there!

  • elena - April 3, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    me encanta,un dia precioso

  • Dani - April 9, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    Stumbled across your blog – you’re an amazing photographer! And where did your friend get those adorable slippers? I NEED them. Please let me know. :)

Some of my photography tips will now be in short video form. :)

In addition to weekly tips, I will also be making more elaborate how-to videos.  If anyone has something specific they’d like to learn, leave it in the comment box or shoot me an email!

  • [...] come with a light meter inside the camera so you can see where your exposure is.  Here is a video I made that explains how important it is to learn to shoot in Manual [...]

  • Shayne - January 9, 2014 - 2:28 am

    Hey Christine, love your Q &A sessions and have learnt a lot. I just have one problem. I dont really know how to adjust correct exposure for indoor photography with my flash (Canon 430 exII). I mean, im confused about all of it. Help would be appreciated

There are so many personal touches you can put into a wedding.  One of my favorite things to see is what kind of flowers the bride chooses.  Not just flowers, but nowadays you can use anything to make your bouquet!

Some bouquets of my past brides.  It’s fun to see them side by side.  Each one definitely reflects the bride. :)

  • Eng - March 15, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    They are all GORGEOUS!!!

  • Arlene - March 21, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Ahhhhhh the peacock bouquet – that wedding got me hooked onto your photography!!! :)

I like leaving myself little notes around the house.

A reminder never hurts!

  • Carla - March 14, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    Ha! This makes me smile every time :)

  • kd - March 14, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    i like the before and after…cleary, you read the note!

  • Jessi - March 14, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    I love you!

  • Ciji - March 15, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    Love this! I’m inspired to do the same!

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