Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tutorial Tuesdays: Using Reflectors

Last year, for Mother's Day, I got a reflector. And then promptly set it aside and let it collect dust.

So when I saw that Tuesday Tutorials was focusing on using a reflector, I thought it was time to dust off the reflector, dust off my (mostly) willing favorite husband and try it out.

I don't exactly know what I'm doing, so I hope I can get some feedback.

This first photo is back-lit by 6 pm western light and a reflector held on my husband's left side. Should I be aiming the reflector higher up? Above his eyes?


This is the same set up with no reflector.




Next, I had him move so he was side lit, on his right side, by the sun, and the reflector positioned on his left.


And this shot is with no reflector.

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10 comments:

Maria said...

Sweet Doug! Miss you both!

My 365 Project said...

The reflector really made a difference. How coincidental I just put a reflector on my mother's day list :) I'll have to check out the tutorial. I often use a small reflector in my macro work to direct the natural light to the darker parts of the flower. Thanks for sharinng!

Becca said...

Good for you for trying something new! :) The reflector definitely added more light, especially to his eyes. Were you using a gold reflector? Both of the reflector images have a very warm tone, especially the second one.

Angela2932 said...

Thanks, Becca. I WAS using a gold reflector. Do you think it's too warm? I did shoot in raw, and in ACR changed the "as shot" color balance to "daylight," and then reduced the warmth a bit, but maybe I should have reduced it further?

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm really still learning how to use my reflector but I love that it adds some dimension to his face. I like the warmth it adds as well. I bet that he could have held the reflector for you and just tilted it up on his face to bounce the light right onto his face. Not sure.

Nicki said...

I love reflectors - love them. In my humble opinion, you had better results with the side shots where the gold/warm light blends beautifully. I would have gone with a white to bounce the back-light - that way it would not be competing with the golden glow of the back-light. I would also be inclined to go with white because of Doug's glasses. The reflectiveness of gold/silver will add to the reflectiveness of his glasses.
Believe it or not, you can play with reflectors and non-human subjects as well - not saying Doug will bail on you - but in case all of a sudden he has to decline because Ruby is calling for his assistance, you have a back-up plan.

Reds said...

Can't help you but I can see what a difference ca reflector makes!! And a willing subject helps too!!

Sarah Halstead said...

Oh! I love how you did with and without the reflector. So cool!! I think these are really good. That third shot is really awesome.

Barb said...

It definitely looks better with a reflector than without but how can you mess up on that sweet face.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I think they came out great- I usually have my reflector straight up & down- occasionally I will tilt a bit- but usually the kids are complaining that the reflection is too bright as it is :)