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Backlight and Bokeh

Understanding backlight and bokeh in wildlife photography.

When you start your journey with wildlife photography, light often seems to be your enemy rather than your friend. However, as you begin to understand light, you realise that it is the key to taking your wildlife photography to the next level. Learning to use it to your advantage can differentiate between ordinary and extraordinary. A backlit image can be dramatic and beautiful, and those annoying balls of light known as bokeh can be astonishing!

Join me for this workshop and learn the principles of using backlight and bokeh to make the ordinary more extraordinary.


  • Choosing your location based on light.
  • How to choose appropriate aperture, shutter and ISO settings.
  • Exploring natural rim lighting.
  • The different types and uses of exposure metering modes.
  • Using exposure compensation.
  • The effect of aperture on bokeh.
  • Shooting angles to enhance the impact of your images.
  • Silhouettes


  • Your interchangeable lens camera.
  • Preferably a telephoto/zoom lens between 200mm and 600mm.
  • The manual for your camera.
  • Notebook and a pen.
  • A towel or mat to sit or lay on.
  • This workshop is suitable for digital cameras with manual controls (P, A/Av, S/Tv and M modes), including DSLRs and interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.


Location – Alcoa Wetlands, Bertenshaw Road, Wellard

Date – 20th April, 20 2024.

Time – 3.30 pm – 5.45 pm

Instructor – Diana Andersen

Maximum participants: 8

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Cost: $198

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