Beginner's guide to
perfect rim lights
Rim light is an essential element of lighting that emphasizes the outlines of your subject and makes it stand out dramatically from the background in a visually pleasant and attractive way. Rim lights add depth, tension and dynamic to your photography and are generally perceived as pristine, stylish and highly professsional, as they are a little more equipment extensive than just using a normal fill light in your setup.
Rim light or back light is generally achieved by placing the light source behind the model, just slightly outside the camera's view, facing the model and camera.
With light facing the camera, glare and lens reflections are imminent. Flashlights pointing towards the camera often produce haziness and loss of contrast in the final image.
In order to avoid rim lights hitting the lens directly, they must be shielded from view in the camera. This is done using a shade or black cloth placed between the photographer and the light source, just so it cover?s the source but doesn?t obstruct the image itself. Often the shades may also appear in frame and are later removed in post.