Rim lights and key lights might start out the same, but they end up behaving very differently.
That's because the key light hits your subject and bounces back in a scattered, diffuse way. Not so with a rim light, which typically caroms off of your subject at a very efficient angle. Which means a little bit of light, used as a rim, goes a very, very long way.
Have you every dropped your rim intensity down -- waaaay down -- to see what happens?
You might like the results. Read more »