How to use a reflector in photography.
Learn about reflectors, the different types available, and how to use them to redirect light and lessen shadows.
Photography is about more than just understanding how your camera works. You also need to understand how light affects photos, whether there's not enough, too much, or if it's in the wrong place entirely. Let's explore what a reflector is and how it can help you manipulate or redirect light in your photos.
What is a reflector?
A reflector is a photography tool used to redirect light to a subject or scene. It doesn't create light; rather, it redirects light that is already there. A reflector is good for creating fill light or lessening shadows.
When you take photos in different locations and at different times of the day, you’ll quickly discover that some objects absorb light while others cause light to bounce or spread. Placing one or more reflectors can help you manipulate the available light to your advantage and achieve your desired effect.
Different types of reflectors to use.
When you use a reflector, the quality of light that bounces off its surface will be the same quality that matches the scene in which you're shooting. However, there are some exceptions that can slightly change the brightness or tone of your final photo. Let's look into these available options now:
- White reflector: This traditional reflector offers a soft, natural glow very similar to your setting’s current lighting.
- Silver reflector: This reflects slightly brighter than the light you're shooting in without changing your image's color or tone.
- Gold reflector: This option results in similar brightness but reflects warmer tones than your current setting’s lighting.
No matter which type you prefer, reflectors are great tools for manipulating light. As you experiment, discover more photo tips and tools you can use to advance your photo skills.
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