Hello guys!, welcome to the 17th topic of XDrive’s Photography Sessions! Sorry for the delay this week! Yes, in my offline life there has been some important event with respect to my work is going on and this is extracting too much of time so could not spare time prepare a post.
Anyway, this week we are going to look into a photography technique called “Rim Lighting”. Well, the topic rim light could get very complex involving lots of gadgets and technology but here I am limiting the session only to basics. I always get so fascinated moment I see a rim light effect presented to me. One can create a great looking output by employing this technique.
Basically, you will capture your subject’s outline putting much of the things in the dark. You will show the curves and contours but hide the otherwise visible things in the intentionally created shadows. You create a drama or an emotion using only a few lit area. If you are depending on the available light then backlit conditions offer the best opportunity. You can also deploy some artificial lights to illuminate certain parts of the subject by using an external flash or other light sources. Please check the following images for illustration of the technique.
Some more rim lighted examples from my existing collection.
Hope you got the idea behind shooting with the rim lighting, another advantage with rim light effect is you are making sure viewer’s attention directly goes on your subject as there is very little distraction in the image as most part of the image is already in shadows.
That’s it for the session guys. Now the exercise for the session, please note there are some changes to the existing rules. Please go through them below I hope that is ok with you all.
- Post at least one or two pictures you have taken with your camera where you attempted a “rim light” effect. Fresh pictures or existing images are fine. Apply all the things we learnt in the previous sessions.
- Let me know type of camera(mobile, DSLR, point and shoot)
- Try to put EXIF data (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) so that I can comment better.
- Add a tag ‘XDrivePhoto’.
- Add a pingback to this post. (Basically, copy the URL of this post, and paste to your post. (Anywhere)
- Title the post as “XDrive Photography Learning – 17 – Rim Lights.”
- Next post will be after the next week, that means you are gonna get two weeks to make your submission. Although you may make your submission any time later too.
- Please mention “Critique requested” in your post so that I can give my comment on your pictures. I want you to explicitly tell me that you want my feedback. Sometimes I feel people might feel bad for my feedback. So if you are just participating without expecting a critique, please go ahead, I appreciate that too. Love to see your pictures.
Your ping-backs may not appear immediately as I have to enable them later. I will check your post, and I will comment on your post if you have requested me to do so. I will post selected contribution links to this post later so that others can also see and learn from them. (Please note there is no time limit for your contributions, you can post them anytime, I will respond to them as you contribute. You can also make more than one contribution to the same topic)
Although these lessons are geared towards newbies, expert photographers also welcomed heartily. I need to learn too! There are no teachers here everyone is learning.
Cheers and Happy clicking! All the previous Photography Learning sessions here.