XDrive Photography Learning – 17 – Rim-Light.

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.

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The intention is to show the fire and the attendants body contour.
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Showing two cousins mesmerised with the miniature lit fair ground below.
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Human skin gets a radiance with the rim light, a great way to shoot portraits too.

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.

Exercise

  1. 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.
  2. Let me know type of camera(mobile, DSLR, point and shoot)
  3. Try to put EXIF data (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) so that I can comment better.
  4. Add a tag ‘XDrivePhoto’.
  5. Add a pingback to this post. (Basically, copy the URL of this post, and paste to your post. (Anywhere)
  6. Title the post as “XDrive Photography Learning – 17 – Rim Lights.”
  7. 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.
  8. 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.


Contribution(s)

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/xdrive-photography-learning-17-rim-light/#comment-69875

XDrive Photo Lesson 17 – Rim Light

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/xdrive-photography-lesson-17-light/#comment-6493

https://loisajay1213.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/daily-prompt-theory-and-raj/comment-page-1/#comment-16260

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/xdrive-photography-learning-17-rim-light/comment-page-1/#comment-11607

https://digitaldiary101.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/xdrive-photography-learning-17-rim-light/comment-page-1/#comment-432

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. adarshatwar says:

    The two cousins photo is fabulous!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Adarsh, that’s my favourite too.

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  2. Helen C says:

    I like rim light effect, too. Thanks for another good lesson, Raj. Lovely photos!
    Can we mention “critique requested” here once for all, instead of mentioning it on every one of our post? 😉 Your critiques had helped me in many ways. I am grateful for them.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Raj says:

      I know most of you want to critique but sometimes I am bit confused if I have to comment in photography in mind or just wow the picture! 🙂

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      1. Helen C says:

        I know what you mean. I seldom give feedback. When I feel strongly about something and I think it would be nice to let the person know, I do try to say something (very politely). Once I commented on someone’s photo and was told that it was exactly how she liked it. “If you don’t like it…,” she wrote. She sounded angry. After that, I always think twice. Maybe that’s why it’s difficult to get any constructive feedback from anyone, which is sad.
        I am not even sure “critique” is what we get from you. For me, it’s more like you stated your opinion (feedback) first, so we had a base to start discussing (and learning). I mean you do allow us to discuss (Talk back? 😉
        Have a great day.

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      2. Raj says:

        You are right Helen, that’s what I feel too about commenting. That’s why this step needed I don’t want to hurt people. .. at the end its “you” who have to be happy.. whether you want to listen to some one or not left to you. I definitely want that discussion going, that’s the whole idea behind these sessions. Thank you for your feedback, you have a great day too!

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      3. Helen C says:

        By the way, Two Cousins — when I first saw it, I saw a map and I was wondering why you took that photo. It took some seconds for me to see the two boys. Then I went to read other blog. When I came back the second time, I saw a map again. I would love to see the photo before cropping — I think I probably like that better. 😉 My 2 cents.

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      4. Raj says:

        It took some seconds to see the boys? … They are girls! 😀 Since you told me about the map, Now I see only maps, not more cousins! Yes there is slight crop I will post it later. This photo, I asked them to stay like that, its not a candid shot. I wanted the exact same result.

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      5. Helen C says:

        LOL. Rim light doesn’t give a lot of information about the subject 😉 This photo (cousins) reminds me of those tricky photos. One of them if you look one way, you see an old lady, but if you look the other way, you see a young girl. It’s fun to look at those photos. (I am glad you see the map now. Ha ha.)

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      6. Raj says:

        Yes Helen, good photography is a making someone to ponder on the photograph, creating a curiosity and make people spend more time on them. I do get fascinated with such tricky ones! 🙂

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  3. InspiresN says:

    marvellous clicks,indeed the rim lighting gives a totally different effect .

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Nisha for your feedback.. 🙂 I do agree.

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  4. Amy says:

    Remarkable shots for the rim light, Raj! Anther cool topic to learn from you. 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank Amy for your appreciation about the sessions. .. great to be with you!

      Like

  5. loisajay says:

    This looks like a fun lesson, Raj. I am on the hunt now…..!

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  6. shutterbug says:

    Raj, your pictures blow me away! I am finding your posts very inspirational. They are really sparking some creative juices and making me test the boundaries of my photography. Thank you for that!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Shutterbug for your kind words of appreciation. Glad to see its helping you. Its a great feeling at the end. Thank you for being here with us. 🙂

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  7. brenda says:

    Raj, the two cousins image is intriguing. It took my eyes/mind a bit to see the interplay of light and shadow. While I have seen rim light images before, I’ve never spent time considering the various elements that come together…thank you for this challenge.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Brenda for your comment. Yes, it gets more intriguing as you look more at them. 🙂

      Like

  8. Amy says:

    Hi Ray, Here is my entry: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/xdrive-photography-learning-17-rim-light/
    Looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂 Thank you!

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  9. bushboy says:

    I now know that I like taking rim light photos I never knew there was a name and is different to back lighting? When I got to your grass seed photo I looked twice as I have almost the same image.

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes bush boy, the back light and rim light photos are different, but sometimes they work together.. when there is a back light its an opportunity for look for rim light effect. Yes, grass seed is a great example for both rim light as well as back light photo. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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  10. brenda says:

    While I was pondering how to set up a scene that would reflect your first image, I found distracted by the morning light dancing upon a buddha statue I have in my dining room… For a bit, I thought to wait until night so that I may be able to explore the interaction with the statue and fireplace flames. Then I tossed that thought aside and grabbed my camera and played around with the exposure to “force” shadows while trying to keep the light upon the face.. While the image I posted the other day https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/city-park/ was created with the rim lesson in mind, there is no shadow just blur. I think the buddha statue is more in line with shadow https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/xdrive-photography-lesson-17-light/. As always, thank you.

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    1. Raj says:

      Brenda, I already commented on your submission, in addition to that, the first picture you posted here “The lady one phone” is a perfect rim lit photo, you can see everyone there including the ducks have the rim lighting.

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  11. Ruth says:

    Although I don’t have any entries, Raj. I enjoyed learning about rim light and plan to experiment. I’ve captured rim light accidentally but not with intention so a new project for 2018.
    I found you through Amy’s post.
    Your photos are wonderful.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Ruth for your kind words and glad to note you liked the post. Yes, most of the times rim lights happen accidentally, but if we are able to see that beforehand we can do some great pictures! Cheers to you! 🙂

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  12. shutterbug says:

    I had a lot of fun experimenting with this https://digitaldiary101.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/xdrive-photography-learning-17-rim-light/
    I know you are busy so we will chat more when you get back. Ifeel like I have learned so much this time. thanks so much!

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