(click on the images if you want to see them enlarged)
If you're looking to get some simple portraits of yourself, and have a little time to spare, try this method and see if it works for you. (Having an SLR is pretty important for this!)
Focal length: Lowest for your lens; eg. I used 1.8 for my 50mm
ISO: Around 200-600
Shutter speed: Around 120-350 depending on how much light you have!
White balance: Tungsten or natural lighting, depending on how much natural light you're using
For these photographs I used a combination of one studio lighting box, and natural lighting. If you don't have a studio light, that's fine - try using a bright lamp with a neutral (not tungsten) white light. What you'll need to do to achieve this backlit look is to sit in front of a white wall, around 1-2 meters, but point the lamp directly at the wall behind you - or slightly to the side. This way, the light will reflect off the wall and create a 'halo' effect. Yey! If you have a white wall that has a window in front of it, that's perfect, as you'll have a natural filler light for your shadows. For me, I used a 50mm lens on my SLR to achieve this quick faded look, however this can also be done in Photoshop, if you have the time (although I wouldn't recommend it)! If you have no one to take photographs of yourself, try using a self timer, or an infrared remote for SLR's that you can pick up for around $10-20, it's be a life saver in the long run.
I think I am going to be making more Photoshop tutorials, instead of photography tips on how to get similar photographs, as I really don't think I am that great at explaining. Hahaha!
All my images I also edited in Photoshop a little, so even out the skin tone and lighten and darken certain area, however this editing was minimal.
What are your thoughts on the "backlit look"?
All photographs taken by me