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contre-jour Line breaks: contre-jour
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒ̃trəˌʒʊə/

Definition of contre-jour in English:

adjective& adverb

Having or involving the sun or other light source behind the subject: [as adjective]: a glorious contre-jour effect
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  • You can see how in this contre-jour scene the dark shadows have been lifted.
  • The backlight mode for this camera doesn't work particularly well in a contre-jour portrait situation.
  • Shoot toward the light, but expose on your subject—this is the famous contre-jour that can give your model a nice golden glare and will make the photo more abstract.


Early 20th century: French, from contre 'against' + jour 'daylight'.

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