Bad Lighting Can Be Good

This is musician (bass guitarist) Justin Parrot with his son Lucas:

Justin Parrot and his son AlexSome folks assumed this was a studio shot, complimenting me on the creative lighting and seemingly-genuine moment.  But I have neither the requisite studio nor the lighting skills; this was in fact an impromptu shot of a genuine moment (I wasn’t there to shoot them).

At the time, I lamented the harsh backlighting from bright, colored, wall-mounted lamps, and I assumed that the shot wouldn’t survive.  Indeed, it wouldn’t have survived had I been shooting JPEGs (rather than RAW).  Instead, it turned into yet another example of how post-production can exploit information that’s in the RAW file but not visible in the rendering based on default development settings: