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What is backlight?

Backlight is a lighting technique used in film and videos where you place a light behind a subject and have it facing the camera. A backlight is typically used in conjunction with a key light and fill light, which are placed directly behind the camera and off to the side of the subject, respectively. Using a backlight helps reduce shadows when you’re filming and ensures your subject is evenly lit.

You can read more about how to set up lights in our video lighting guide.