25 Effective Examples of Rim-Lit Portraiture

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I usually like these articles you publish on XX no. of amazing (insert type here) photography

But this time you’ve kinda screwed up
I only count 15 that are rim lit (and thats being a bit generous)
The rest are side lit or use a kick light or simply have nothing to do at all with any form of light that could be called a rim light

Rim lighting is characterised by a bright rim of light around the subject
e.g Photo by Russel Harrison Photography of the seated girl in a striped jumper

But for example the image by Aurimas (5th last) uses a key light from the top right and a kick light from the back left but no rim light

the one earlier by the same Photog of the guy with oranges uses nearly the same lighting setup but again no rim light

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