Photography Lighting: how to take control of everything from natural light to flash

Photography Lighting: take control of everything from natural light to off-camera flash

Use a reflector to fill in the shadows

Use a reflector to fill in the shadows

Without a reflector

Another way to deal with contrast when shooting in bright sunshine is to add light into the shadows by using a reflector to bounce light back onto the subject.

Unlike a diffuser, this doesn’t soften the light, instead it reduces the amount of contrast between the darkest and lightest areas of the subject.

Simply position the reflector so that it’s on the opposite side to the light source, then adjust the angle of the reflector until the light from it fills in the shadows on the subject.

Use a reflector to fill in the shadows

With a reflector

There are plenty of commercially available reflectors, in a range of sizes, but you can also use a piece of white card, or even make your own by covering card in silver or gold foil.

Using different colours and materials will affect the results you get. For example, a white reflector will produce more subtle results than a highly reflective surface such as silver, while a gold reflector will add a warmer light to the shadows.

PAGE 1: Understanding the character of light
PAGE 2: How to control your photography lighting
PAGE 3: Taking control of the light
PAGE 4: Use a reflector to fill in the shadows
PAGE 5: Using fill-in flash
PAGE 6: Making the most of natural light
PAGE 7: Predicting the natural light
PAGE 8: Shoot in the direction of light
PAGE 9 Exposing in low light
PAGE 10: Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness
PAGE 11: How to shoot handheld in low light
PAGE 12: Why you might want to use flash
PAGE 13: Soften the light from your flash
PAGE 14: How to use flash triggers

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