To Rim Or Not To Rim
When deciding whether or not to add a rim light (light placed behind and to the side of the subject), consider the following factors:
- Venue/location size: You should usually leave 20-30 feet from the subject, so in tighter spaces, this will not really work. You want the lights to be subtly placed in the room, such as in a back corner, which you can’t do in a tighter space.
- Time to setup OCF rims: It takes about 3 minutes to setup each rim light, so if you have the time and means to set them up, great. If not, you’ll have to skip it.
- Desired look/feel: Basically, every shot should be well lit without the light or light stand being placed in a distracting, obvious position. If the situation is ideal for rim lighting, they’re generally desired.
Here are the “do nots”:
- Blast the rim lights at high power (subtle)
- Use flares in every shot (Star Trek)
- Forget to chimp/refine/adjust (remove undeliverable images)