O.K. All wiser, and more knowing photographers, please help me along. I have photogenic powerlights. I also have a couple of three inch and five inch snoots which I have used. I don't have any barndoors, grids or screens.
I love the rim light effect often demonstrated by guys like Rich Markese, Ed Konkle and Wayne Sclesky. My photography skills need further refinement before I reach that level.
But instead of going out and buying stuff I don't need, I would like some advice, if you have it, on what light modifiers might help me get the effect I am looking for.
I am simply trying to obtain that highlighted rim light effect on say the left arm and left leg of a model who is facing the camera without it spilling onto her face.
My photogenic supplier has barn doors, grids, snoots, and diffusers.
Can someone explain, perhaps with an example, of why one would choose a barndoor over a grid? I have surmised that since both limit the directional spill of a light, that the advantage of a barndoor is you can cut the edge of the light with a straight edge and since light spilling from a grid is circular, you might use that for a face spot. But considering I have a three inch snoot, what advantage is there to a grid versus a snoot.
I mean in theory I understand what each is supposed to do, but since in practicality, I haven't yet tried either barndoors or grids, I am a little at a loss to determine the pros and cons of each.
Perhaps those with a little more insight can guide me.
Thanks. Oh, the attached photo was taken with a five foot octodome as the main with a three inch snoot to camera left and to the rear of the subject.