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Can somebody please explain rim lighting to me
Old 01-04-2005, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was reading an earlier post about rim lighting and being a complete newbie to photography I would really appreciate it if someone can explain what rim lighting is and how one would set it up. Also, the kind of equipment needed to create rim lighting and (I know I'm pushing my luck) maybe a diagram of a typical set up.
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Old 01-04-2005, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rim lighting is often used when making profile portraits. Rim lighting is the same as backlighting, where the subject is lighted from behind causing the facial features of the profile to be highlighted. Some suggestions to use when taking profile portraits are as follows: In a profile portrait, when a person looks straight ahead, only the whites of the eyes are seen by the camera. This causes an undesirable effect. Instead have the eyes cheat-turn the eyes slightly toward the camera, without turning the head, to show enough of the iris so the eye can be seen as an eye, not a white ball. Have the subject's head tipped back slightly. This separates the chin from the far shoulder, gives a better neckline, and reduces the appearance of a double chin. Allow more space on the side of the picture toward which the eyes are looking. This allows the subject to “look� beyond the frame.

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Re: Can somebody please explain rim lighting to me
Old 01-04-2005, 09:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought this might help you better then a bunch of text in explanation.....

http://www.andrew-whitehurst.net/3point.html

another interesting link

http://www.3drender.com/light/3point.html
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The main purpose of rim lighting ...
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The primary purpose of rim lighting is to show 'shape'. By outlining the subject with light, the shape or form of the subject is clearly shown. It can be used in about gazillion ways and compliments other forms of lighting quite well. For example, when used along with other lighting, it can help the subject to stand out from the background. Or it can be used as the only light for a dramatic rendition. Accurate placement and careful metering are the keys. In the attached example, the single light was placed to each side of and slightly behind the model. An incident meter reading was taken from the model's position toward the light nd the light balanced for evenness.

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Thank you guys so much for taking the time out to explain rim lighting to me. I really do appreciate it. Being a complete newbie to photography I know that I can't return the favour in terms of photography but I can surely do so with regards to design as I am a qualified Graphic Designer. I'd be more than willing to help you guys out in that respect.

Tahnk you once again.
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