Week 48: Rim Lighting | 2018 Project 52

I told myself to do research. Let’s not repeat the frustration that came with smoke art photography. Rim lighting is easier, you’ve done it before, it’s nothing new…

… except it’s been years and I still got frustrated.

People, this is why I like to have a P52. Not every week is a grand slam, but you’re learning, re-teaching, finding new ways, digging into who you are as an artist. Frustration aside though, this week I felt like I was “back in the game” and didn’t have to rush myself at all. That in and of itself felt good.

rim lighting

Settings: f/5.6, 1/320 sec, 35mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I really wanted to photograph one of the dogs this week. But the fact is that they are getting worse at being in front of the camera. I don’t know if they’re bored or tired or over it, but I tried my darndest with my BDD and she just laid down on me. Useless. So I got in front of the camera instead.

Armed with my camera, remote, tripod, accessory flash and a second light, I got to work. And I could not for the life of me figure out the accessory flash! I don’t have a remote for it, so I was working it manually off-camera and… ugh. Nothing worked. So I just used the other light. Positioned and repositioned. Made different shapes with arms, turn my head in different ways, trying to see where I could create the most rim lighting.

This was my favorite. There are small areas along my arm that have great rim lighting and while it would have been cool to have gotten a perfect shot, I kind of like that I didn’t. With the light escaping a bit more over my arm and backlighting my hair, the image seems softer to me than if I was completed rimmed in light. So no grand slam, but I’m walking away with an image I really like.


Week 49: Diamond
due 12.05.18

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve hunted for shapes, so let’s make our last one of the year DIAMOND.

We’re using to find circles, squares, and triangles on the regular so this one may be a little harder, but don’t fret. Diamonds are really just two triangles together, which is a common photography composition… so how can use this knowledge to our advantage?

Of course, we can look for the diamond shape in the world around us, create it ourselves, or create an abstract image. Or we can connect four points in our image that mimics the shape. Or imply the shape exists with it not staring back at us. There’s a lot to play with here and I’m eager to see what you all create.

Last Week’s photo: Unity #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 4 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but we will stick only to Flickr. There will be some other changes, but I think they’re for the better. Our new group is set up already, so join us on Flicker at 2019 P52!

Wendipants - I can’t stop staring at this image. It is phenomenal.

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