I was leading a workshop a couple of years ago, and was standing on an overlook with dozens of other photographers. It was the first day of my workshop and I was still familiarizing myself with the faces and names of my group. Now I have to be up front with you and admit that I am not very good with either names or faces. And of course my group wasn’t wearing nametags like it was kindergarten.
So anywho, I’m just standing there and hear someone tell some one else (in a very loud clear voice) to “not point you camera that way; over in the direction of the sun”. Well I hear this, and it sets me off a little, because anyone that knows me knows that I am, if nothing else, ALL ABOUT THE BACKLIGHT. So I turn to this misinformed individual and proceed to extoll the many virtues of the backlight, and how, in my opinion, the other gentleman was wrong in his assessment about the direction of the light and how it might affect one’s images.
Of course it turns out that the guy I was talking to wasn’t even in my workshop; in fact I was directly contradicting another workshop leader after he gave his instruction. The other leader was not at all amused; and oh boy did my group laugh. I think they’re still laughing.
Don’t even bother to show up at the above location in the afternoon sans the backlight. Autumn in the Sonoran Desert is a very cool thing in that the trees will change colors very late in the season. This was Thanksgiving Day. (Nov 25th to the non gringos)
If you can shade your lens, you can shoot it; and sometimes even that is unnecessary (sunstars and all). And here’s a tip ya’ll probably figured out already. LiveView (because it’s 100%) is perfect for determining if your lens is indeed shaded plus you can see exactly what flare issues you might be dealing with.