Studio Backlighting Photo Tip – Comox Valley Photographer

As promised, here’s a tip on how to employ backlighting in the studio.

A Vancouver model poses for a studio shot on his bike. (Gordon Ross)

Also known as rim lighting, the backlight (in this case a strobe with a red gel) is placed behind the subject so that it’s about 180 degrees from the camera. In this particular case, I shot about 30 degrees off axis to the backlight in order to add a little side-light into the mix.

As you can see, the colour of his face looks natural owing to the daylight-balanced main light, but the red rim light adds a bit of intrigue.

Rim lights can also separate a subject from the background, especially when shooting someone with dark hair against a dark background. They can be coloured, or not. They can be super bright, or not. And, once you get the basics down, you can bend all the rules and have a lot of fun.

I hope you like the shot. Feel free to post if you have any questions about this topic.

Bye for now.



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