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Rim Lighting

Photography TipsHave you ever tried to use rim lighting? It's a great thing to know if you haven't learned yet, and here's a short refresher if you already know. When there's a light on the far side of someone, the light leaks through right around their head illuminating their hair or hat. Sometimes the line can be so crisp that it looks as though they're being cut out. Rim light is beautiful, and it adds a ton of visual interest to a photo. The real win here is taking an extra second to try and look around your environment for some kind of rim lighting. Don't settle for the light you're given, find better light. And also plan to show up during golden hour, instead of trying to do photoshop later and add in something fake. More about rim lighting from New York Institute Of Photography: https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/cameras-and-gear/what-is-rim-lighting

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Find The Line: Editing – QPT 031

When are you done with editing, where do you stop? This podcast talks all about finding those boundaries:

  • You’ve GOT to pay attention to how you FEEL. If you only use your EYES and not your HEART, you’re missing half of the show.
  • This is something you work on if you don’t automatically feel emotion when you see a photo
  • Try this for fresh eyes: mess your photo up on purpose, by pulling one slider all the way down or up, then pull it back to where you think it should go
  • Ask yourself this: how does your photo compare to the photo of someone you respect? Copy their editing.
  • As you go back and forth between YOUR work and THEIRS, you’ll start noticing a bunch of differences. THIS IS GOLD, because it helps you see what you’re missing.
  • Look into these: dodge and burn techniques, sharpening, faded shadows, super heavy contrast, higher contrast w/lower saturation
  • You’ve gotta experiment.
  • If you’re in Lightroom, try different presets! Alien Skin, Mastin Labs, VSCO (we use these), Coles Classroom Presets
  • Cole’s Classroom has a FREE preset pack you’ve gotta check out here.
  • Another tip here: reach out to other photographers for their feedback. This is only good BEFORE you’re set on a style. Once you find a style, STOP LISTENING to other people because you have to have your own opinion eventually.
  • If you got value from this podcast, PLEASE review this podcast! It inspires and motivates me to create even more and better content.