Jasmine Star FAQ: How To Shoot Backlight @MediaNovak
Photos taken during those golden hours of the day (just before sunrise and just after sunset) have a stunning quality to them. This light can create dynamic and dramatic effects and changes the mood of pictures taken with flat or, worse, overhead lighting. I’ve found great freedom shooting at sunset as it provides artistic flexibility and natural photos.
To achieve backlit photos, the sun must be behind the subject. A huge benefit to having portraits backlit with the sun is that lovely rim lighting–where the edges of your model(s) are outlined by a thin thread of light. The key is to stand at the right angle (I’ve said this before, but knowing the right angle simply comes with lots of practice, but you can try finding the right angle by taking an object in your backyard at sunset and seeing where you must stand for it to be truly backlit and, separately, where you must stand to see the rim light). Rim lighting is most prominent on subjects that have a thin profile, such as grass and hair (be careful because if you’re photographing a subject with blond hair, it’ll be easy to blow out the highlights, making her look like she’s missing hair).