Reflector is most likely the second or the third thing most of us buy after the camera. If you are a portrait photographer, you probably use it a lot. But are you using it properly? In this video, Joe Edelman teaches you how to use the reflector properly and create flattering light for your subject when shooting outdoors. And the way to do it is actually very simple.
If you are leaving in the US, you know that Home Depot is the photographer’s best friend. And if you are reading this blog, you know that we are big fans of foamboard reflectors. Joe Edelman made quite a clever holder for those using $3 of Home Depot PVC piping stuff.
I know that there are other ways to mount a foam board reflector, but this is just too light and cheap to be ignored as an option.
Two weeks ago we asked you if you can toss a reflector behind your back folded and catch it open. Apparently, it was not as an easy task as we thought. (you can practice, 5-in-1 reflectors are cheap, just remember they are out to get you).
13 photographers took a shot at this dangerous trick. Watch them ace or fail this dangerous trick! (The reward however is awesome! aside OWNING your reflector, two winners also got a Light Blaster kit)
We’ve all seen bags before that feature things like built in white balance or exposure tools. My Lowepro Slingshot, for example, while not neutral, seems pretty close to 18% grey when I open up the flap. Perfect for quickly metering while out and about. But what about a built in reflector? Well, that’s the new Flash Bag.
The Flash Bag is essentially a messenger style camera bag. When you open up the front flap, it turns into a shiny metallic silver reflector. It doesn’t seem large enough to use as a full time reflector for many shoots, and it’s probably not the most ergonomic of reflectors for regular use, either. But, it could be handy in a pinch.
Well, do OWN your reflector or does your reflector own you? There is a very simple way to find out. Just fold it, toss it behind your back and catch it as it flaps open. I know it sounds easy, but try it. could be harder than you think.
We are starting an OWN your reflector movement and to make it formal we are starting a contest. See if you can pull that reflector stunt off. Film yourself owning your reflector and share in the comment below (you can share a link to youtube, facebook, vimeo, or even flickr).
The best shot and the best blooper are going to win a pack of prizes courtesy of Spiffy Gear: A Light Blaster with a studio adapter and a pro gobo slide pack (retails @ $287). We are also going to throw a 5-in-1 reflector in there. Just because you OWN it.
Deadline for this contest is next friday (Oct. 7th) , end of day. Don’t wait too long if you want to make sure you get it.
Shooting outside in bright sunlight scares many photographers. I always see people saying to not go out and shoot portraits when the sun’s high in the sky. To wait until golden hour and shoot in the sunset, or only go out on a cloudy day.
Well, I think that’s nonsense. There’s so much you can do with bright contrasty sunlight. In this video from Shutterbug Magazine, photographer James Patrick shows us five great tips for working with it.
Santa Claus has you spoiled this year by offering you the studio of your dreams? A kit of flashes, a backdrop support and even more rolls of paper? It only remains to push the furniture in your living room out of the way to turn it into studio worthy of the name!
A single point hurts you in spite of all the new material, you do not know what light modifier to choose?
Beauty dish, softbox, stripbox, reflector bowl, umbrellas of all kinds and sizes, flash ring, etc… It is a bit like choosing a new car, many choices but which really matches my expectations?
No worries, I’d be your dealer today to guide you by showing you the difference in all these modifiers!
One of the most basic tools every portrait photographer should have in their arsenal is a reflector. It can be used with natural light, in a studio, pretty much anywhere, really.
While it’s easy to go out and buy one for $20–40, it’s also possible to make a much more affordable DIY reflector by using little more than an emergency blanket and poster board. [Read more…]
If you are reading the blog for a while, you know that we are big fans of using reflectors. They are easy to use, provide great light on location and do not require any electricity (they are not very wind resistant, but that is another story.
JP Morgan and The Slanted Lens discovered a great source for creating those modifiers as good as they get – Big, Sturdy and Cheap.
I’ve already used those DIY reflectors in a couple of my articles but I’ve never actually did a full post explaining how they are built and used. I want to show you how easy it is to make this reflector and how useful it can be. Definitely a good use for $1.50. It actually takes around 5 minutes to make it and you can make it as big or small as you need.