When you are photographing people, you will want them to stand out from the background. How can you use light to make sure your subject does not blend in with the background? In this movie, author Levi Sim walks you through how to set up a rim or hair light to add dimension in your portrait and make your subject the focus.
- When we photograph people,…we often need them to stand out from their background more,…and using a rim light is a great way to do that.…Now I call it a rim light, you may have heard it called…a hair light, or a kicker, or an edge light.…Basically all it is, is a light that shines from behind.…Especially in studio photography,…we shine a light from above to illuminate someone's hair,…and it's the same purpose,…it's to separate our person from the background,…with a different light value,…with a little bit of brightness.…
It doesn't take a lot, either,…because a light shining toward the camera,…ends up being more efficient, and so,…with even a white reflector, I can reflect light…that skims off of somebody's shoulder toward the camera,…and it ends up just defining their body a little bit more.…I like to do it with white, or silver,…when I'm using reflectors.…If I use gold then I get a little bit of warmth with it,…and it feels kind of like a low sunshine, like the sunset,…or late afternoon light, and that can be very nice.…
- Finding a good spot to make a portrait
- Making great light for a portrait in practically any situation
- What camera settings to use for portraits
- What accessories make portraiture better
- How to talk to help people feel comfortable in a portrait