How to use a reflector
I know that every photographer had this question at some point or their career. I definitely did. I
remember the first time I used a reflector. It almost felt like it did magic. Nowadays I rarely use a reflector, and here is why.
I personally believe that a reflector does help a lot. It really can change the look of the photos. But
ultimately, it all depends on what kind of look you are trying to achieve.
Why do we use a reflector?
The most common reason is to reflect more sun on the object and even out the shadows.
How do we do it?
There are a lot of different angles to reflect from. I personally use the most common method. You place
a person against the sun and with the help of a reflector reflect the sun on the face of the person. Also, I
like to reflect from the side if one side of the face is in the shade.
Which side of a reflector do I use?
Typically, there are two sides: gold and silver. Most of the times I use the silver side. It gives a nice
reflection and doesn’t bring up too many yellow tones.
Why I don’t use a reflector?
95% of the times I don’t use a reflector. The reason behind it is simple. I just don’t always try to achieve
the look that reflector gives. I found out for myself that I love s more soft look rather than bright and
highly contrasted look.
When do I use a reflector?
We all know that working in overcast weather can sometimes be problematic. The reason why is
because overcast weather brings out shadows under eyes. You can easily fix it with a reflector. Just hold
a reflector right below the model’s face. Sometimes I even have models holding reflector themselves. 🙂
This last time I had help from Nate who is an awesome photographer (check out his insta).
Let me tell you a trick: If you don’t have a reflector with you, tell you model to keep the chin a little bit
up to minimize the shadows under eyes.
Let me know if you have any questions.
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