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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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”:

  1. Blast the rim lights at high power (subtle)
  2. Use flares in every shot (Star Trek)
  3. Forget to chimp/refine/adjust (remove undeliverable images)

Chapter One

  • 1.1 Wedding Workshop 8: Photographing the Reception | Trailer
  • 1.2 Pain Points
  • 1.3 Must-Have Gear
  • 1.4 The Intuitive Guide To Flash Power
  • 1.5 Light Control Is The Name Of The Game
  • 1.6 The Perfect Exposure: Step-by-Step
  • 1.7 Gelling Made Simple
  • 1.8 To Rim Or Not To Rim
  • 1.9 Risk Vs. Reward
  • 1.10 Lighting Guide Legend
  • 1.11 Assignment: Perfect Exposure
  • 1.12 Chapter One Quiz
  • Chapter Two

  • 2.1 The Grand Entrance - Goals and Must Haves
  • 2.2 Fixed Pinned OCF
  • 2.3 Moving Pinned OCF
  • 2.4 Bounce Flash
  • 2.5 Direct Flash Done Right
  • 2.6 Assignment: Grand Entrance
  • 2.7 Chapter Two Quiz
  • Chapter Three

  • 3.1 First & Family Dance Goals And Must Haves
  • 3.2 Fixed Pinned OCF
  • 3.3 Moving Pinned Light
  • 3.4 Bounce Flash With Rims
  • 3.5 Assignment: Family Dances At Wedding Receptions
  • 3.6 Chapter Three Quiz
  • Chapter Four

  • 4.1 Toasts and Speeches | Goals and Must-Haves
  • 4.2 Fixed Pinned OCF
  • 4.3 Bounce Flash
  • 4.4 Assignment: Toasts and Speeches
  • 4.5 Chapter Four Quiz
  • Chapter Five

  • 5.1 Cake-Cutting Goals And Must-Haves
  • 5.2 Pinned Constant Or OCF
  • 5.3 Bounce Flash With Rims
  • 5.4 Assignment: Cake Cutting Capture
  • 5.5 Photographing the Reception: Chapter Five Quiz
  • Chapter Six

  • 6.1 Bouquet/Garter Goals And Must-Haves
  • 6.2 Pinned OCF
  • 6.3 Bounce Flash
  • 6.4 Assignment: Get The Garter (Or Bouquet)
  • 6.5 Chapter Six Quiz
  • Chapter Seven

  • 7.1 Open Dancing Goals And Must-Haves
  • 7.2 Pinned Constant Or Off-Camera Flash
  • 7.3 Direct Flash Dance Floor Twist
  • 7.4 Bounce Flash With Rims
  • 7.5 Direct Flash
  • 7.6 A New Twist On Dance Floor Pics
  • 7.7 Chapter Seven Quiz
  • Chapter Eight

  • 8.1 Constant Light: Flower Petal Toss
  • 8.2 Constant Light: Lightsaber Arch
  • 8.3 Bounce Flash: New Year’s Countdown
  • 8.4 Natural Light: Sparkler Exit
  • 8.5 Assignment: Creative Exit
  • Chapter Nine

  • 9.1 Lighting Techniques For Miscellaneous Reception Portraits
  • 9.2 Almost Perfect Ambient Light Refined With Bounce
  • 9.3 Commercial Vs. Stylized Lighting And Post-Production For Both
  • 9.4 Assignment: Reception Portraits
  • 9.5 Chapter Nine Quiz
  • Chapter Ten

  • 10.1 Outro And Goodbye
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