Creating a flattering effect with rim lighting

Once you've experimented with fill-in flash (Section 3.2.1.3), try a variation that pros use to create striking portraits: rim lighting. Position the subject with her back to the sun (preferably when it's high in the sky and not shining directly into your camera lens). Now set your camera to fire the flash (the lightning bolt, not the automatic setting). If the sun is shining into the lens, block it using your hand or a lens shade.

The first thing you'll notice is that the sun creates a rim light around the subject's hair (Figure 3-10). You'll also notice that her eyes are more relaxed and open. In one swift move, you've made your subject more comfortable and improved your chances for a dramatic portrait.

Figure 3-10. Remember how you were told to always have the sun at your back when taking a picture? That's not the best advice for portraits. In fact, you want the sun on the model's back to create a rim light effect. Notice how this model's hair and shoulder are highlighted.

Figure 3-10. Remember how you were told to always have the sun at your back when taking a picture? That's not the best advice for portraits. In fact, you want the sun on the model's back to create a rim light effect. Notice how this model's hair and shoulder are highlighted.

Model Face

Remember to turn on your fill-in flash so the model's face isn't underexposed. When it works, rim lighting creates portraits that you'll be very proud of. It's not the right technique for every situation, but sometimes it produces jaw-dropping results.

Tip: If your camera accepts filters, try a softening filter for your rim-lighting shots. It can reduce facial wrinkles and create a nice glow around the subject's head. This effect (and many others) can also be created later in Photoshop Elements; see Chapter 13.

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  • Zewdi
    How to create lightrim effects in photoshop?
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