The photography reflector is an exceptionally effective – almost indispensable – photography tool. Here’s some tips on ways to use photography reflectors to give your pictures a sophisticated practiced appearance. It really is all concerning the shadows!
FirstWhat is a photography reflector.
It can be ANY article used to reproduce illumination onto our subject. It may be a mirror, a professionally made rip-stop nylon reflector, a bit of white paper or poster board, a colorless wall or the side of a white van!
Everything that can kick the light on our subject is practical.
Or, by employing a black reflector, we can restrain light and increase the shadow side of our subject!
Be aware of using tinted reflective resources however, since they can reflect a colored cast onto our subject that may ruin the shot.
Why employ a reflector?
To obtain a very polished and expert looking shot, we have to have both highlights AND shadows. It’s the shadows tat determine form and make our subject seem three dimensional.
To get both a lit side and also a shadowed side, our main light – may be an on camera flash, a studio strobe or only the sunmust be positioned at the side of our subject. It will create a shadowed side – however the shadow will almost always be too intense. We have to view details of the face within the shadows! Not just pure black.
Enter the “fill light”. It’s called this since it “fills in” the shadow with light so we can make out detail.
But, the majority of us do not have the budget to buy an extra studio strobe (they can cost many hundreds of dollars.) Consequently, we swap the studio strobe with a reflector!
For only a couple dollars, a reflector can act as another light source and “fill” in the shadows for us! Giving us that polished, 3 dimensional photograph we have been desiring – for next to no expense!
There are more lights that can be replaced by reflectors too! The hair light, the “kicker” the background separation light and so on.
With the prudent utilization of photography reflectors we can have a truly expert five light set-up for almost no expense! It’s simple! Start using a photography reflector today and you’ll instantaneously see an improvement to your portraits!