Back lighting

BackLighting 2

A type of spotlight, used in photography, that illuminates a subject from behind. This causes the edges of the subject to glow, while the other areas remain darker. The back light can be a natural or artificial source of light. Back lighting is capable of making an actors hair glow witch is some times called hair or shoulder light. This gives an angelic halo type effect around the head. This is often used in order to show that the actor or actress so lit is “good” or “pure”. In television  this effect is often used in soap operas and has become something of a cliche of the genre. It is also sometimes called the kicker or rim light. In the theater it is often used to give a more three-dimensional appearance to actors or set elements, when front lighting alone would give a two-dimensional look.


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