11 O’clock and 1 O’clock Light

Beautiful May Day!

By 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock light, I refer to the direction of light relative to your camera position. In other words, it is half back light or half rim light. Combined with a relative dark background (darker than the subject), such light creates nice rim light of the subject. The effect is particularly outstanding if the subject has hairy outlines.

Below are two pictures taken with natural 1 o’clock light:



One might think of adding a “fill light” to the 11/1 o’clock light, but I think fill light would reduce or even white out its rimming effect. I prefer rescuing shadow details in post processing, which gives me better control.

Another example is the first picture in my earlier post entitled Make Use of the Harsh Light. It was taken with 11 o’clock light.


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