Contrejour Photography

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Contrejour is a French term that means “into the light.”

In photography, it is when the picture is taken in the direction of the light source but the subject is not the light. Another way to look at it is saying the photo is backlit. It is often used in pictures of landscapes. Contrejour also enhances features of landscapes such as mist or dew giving the photo a sparkle. Here is an example of Contrejour by Phil McDermott from Island Mull Photography. See how the silhouette and the fuzz on the edges are much more visible because of the backlighting?

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