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Postby LaurensMom » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:39 pm

Anyone ever use one?? Where would it be helpful to use one? I shoot outdoors mostly (except newborns) but I still have a difficult time with catchlights. Would a reflector help?[/code]
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Postby anxious-annie » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:54 pm

reflectors can help brighten faces that are in shadow (i.e. if you have a strong overhead light/sun and the eyes are really dark or if you have one side of the face brightly lit and the other in shadow). You have a couple of choices in reflectors. There are the kind you buy that can get upwards of $40 to $60 or you can make one. You can buy reflectors in silver (casts a general brightness), white (not as bright as silver), or gold (gives a "sunkissed" look but if you aren't careful can make people look orange or jaundiced). They are usually round and collapse like the window shades that go in your car.

You can go the cheaper route and make your own though to try it out before you commit to buying one. Just use a sheet of foamcore. If you want a brighter reflection cover it with aluminum foil. Have someone hold it for you (they will usually be >thisclose< to the edge of your frame...pretty close to the subject) and direct them to get the light where you want it.

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Postby blue-eden » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:30 pm

Absolutely. If you are shooting outdoors, and especially if their backs are to the sun and you're shooting midday, you'll need it to help prevent underexposing their faces (which is going to mess with white balance and colours).

I'm going to get a 5 in one, with all the different colours (white, silver, gold, etc) for the changing light. I think the gold one would be nice to warm up winter photos. I'm going to get the biggest one I can get (and carry, lol), I think they run around 100-200$. You can get a cheapie off Ebay though, but not sure if they are 5 in 1.

Or you can use fill flash or an off camera flash. Ami and I were just discussing this. I'm going to start experimenting more with my SB600 when the kids go to bed and I get over this cold!
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Postby photofashionista » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:36 pm

I use one in almost every situation where natural light is concerned. And if you get one that can also diffuse it's perfect for cutting down too much sun. You'll love it and find many many uses.
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Postby LaurensMom » Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:22 am

Thanks for the replies everyone!!!

So, I will definitely look into getting a reflector but I have one more question. Do I need someone to hold it for me? How do you use them exactly like say in my typical shoot where I am chasing around busy toddlers? Any tips?
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Postby blue-eden » Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:51 am

You could get a stand for it?

This is why I really think reflectors are such a pain, lol. It's tough enough chasing toddlers without having to do it holding a reflector! You could definitely get someone to hold it for you though. I think this is why so many photogs have assistants. ;)
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Postby photofashionista » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:52 pm

Yup, a stand or an assistant is invaulable. I can see how it would be difficult with a moving subject. LoL.
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Postby plumeriamommy » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:08 am

A very cheap one would be to use white poster board. Works great!
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