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Lighting 101 Part 3: The Back LightSeparating the subject from the background
The Back light (also known as the Rim or Hair light) produces a rim of light around the subjects head and shoulders to separate the foreground subject from the background. This enhances the perception of depth in the shot.
Lets take a look at the first image. In this shot, you can see the subject has no Back light and she appears to blend into the background. This causes the image to look extremely flat and lifeless.
|A dull, lifeless, flat shot.|
Compare the first image with the second image that has a Back light added. Notice how the highlights in the subjects hair and on her shoulders make her really stand out from the background. This image has a lot more life added to it.
|The subject with a Back light added. Notice how more depth is created in the composition.|
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