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What the hell is a core shadow, anyway?

I am often discussing rimlighting and core shadows, but I’ve never actually defined them and some of you may not know what I am talking about, so I’ve opted for some demystification here…

#1 diagram

the highlight is also known as a hotspot when it is very pure and you know I like strong values, so most of my highlights are also hotspots...

reflected highlights are also called bounce lights when they come from the environment. when they come from an actual light source, they're rimlights

#2 cast shadow

sometimes called the diffused shadow, notice it is darkest the closer it is to the source or casting object. it becomes softer or more diffused the further away it gets from the source

here endeth the lesson

What do you think?

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