Tripod Product Shots – BTS Part IIPosted: December 7, 2011
In the last Behind the Scenes, I talked a bit about Hard vs Soft Light. Today we move on to another couple concepts.
2. Key Light and Rim Light
Key Light can be defined as the main light source being used to light the object. If you’re using your pop up flash, or your on camera flash pointing straigh ahead in a dark scene – it will be your key light. One of the main ideas beind the “Strobist Philosophy” is to get the flash off the camera so that you can vary the angle and distance of your key light. In all of the tripod photos the key light is soft.
Rim Light is when the outer edge of an object looks like it is glowing due to a light behind the subject illuminating it on an angle. It is called rim light becuase it looks like the subject has a rim of light on one side or all around it (depending on the angle). In all of the tripod photos the rim light is hard.
Aside: Fill light is the light used to bring out details in the shadow areas of a picture. These photo did not have a different specific light set up to create fill, as I used the rim light to create shape on the left of the tripod, and the soft key light brought out some of the details in the shadows.
Next post we learn How to put it all together!