Six Days of Speedlite Tips: Day 1

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It's Day 1 of my Six Days of Speedlite Shooting tips here on my blog.

Today's tip: Create Cool Rim Light.

Concept: Position the subject slightly in front of the soft box. Have the subject look straight ahead (in the opposite direction in which the softbox is facing) so you get a profile. Basically, you want the light coming from slightly in front of and behind the subject. If that's confusion, simply see the above diagram.

For the cool image below, I simply combined two rim light shots, flipping the image on the left so it faces right.

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In the shot below, I am positioning the model. For the end-result shots in this post, I shot directly toward the models' left side - the angle at which you are looking at the photograph.


You need to experiment with subject position and flash output to get the shot you want. I always shoot on E-TTL and vary the light output with my wireless transmitter, but you can control that in camera, too.

BTW: A softbox with a recessed front diffusion panel is a very important accessory for this technique. It allows you to control the light to a greater degree than an umbrella or an octodome.

Recommended Gear:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-105mm IS lens
Westcott Apollo Softbox kit
Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
Canon ST-E3 Speedlite Transmitter
Tether Tools kit.

For more detailed lighting tips, see my Apps. For hands-on learning, check out my workshops.

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Explore the light,

This post sponsored by Westcott. Check 'em out for all your lighting needs.

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