Waste not, want not

Sometimes there you can encounter some beautiful light but because of positioning or other reasons, you can’t always use it for your specific job, but that doesn’t mean that it always has to go to waste.

I recently had an assignment to photograph the Reconnect program in Stockton. Operated by the Probation department and the county office of education It’s where teen offenders released from juvenile hall can check in and continue their education. Photographing the participants can be problematic. Either we shoot them from behind or try to find some other creative way to take their picture without identifying them.

I had already gotten some back-of-the-head pictures of a few students when reporter Jennie Rodriguez and I took another student aside to interview him. He walked by a window, which gave the idea of photographing him in silhouette.

As I was photographing the student against the window light I noticed some dramatic rim light falling upon Jennie. Rim light is light just on the edge on the subject. It’s usually an effect of backlighting or near backlighting. While the student was directly between the window and myself, Jennie was off to my right slightly. The rim light gently graced her profile. There was just enough light bouncing around the room to provide a little fill on the dark side of her face.

Although I couldn’t use the rim light for the subject of my assignment, I was still able to find a use for it.

This entry was posted in Light. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Categories

  • Archives