What is a reflector, and when would you use one in photography?

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Light and shade are essential ingredients of every photograph you’ll take, but sometimes, the difference between them – also known as the contrast – is too great for a satisfying shot. Strong light hitting a subject from one side will give very bright highlights and very dark shadows, and in many cases, you’ll want to brighten up the shaded side to reduce the contrast, balance the exposure and reveal a little more detail. 

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Jon Adams

Jon started out as a film-maker, working as a cameraman and video editor before becoming a writer/director. He made corporate & broadcast programmes in the UK and Middle East, and also composed music, writing for TV, radio and cinema. Jon worked as a photographer and journalist alongside this, and took his video skills into magazine publishing, where he edited the Digital Photo magazine for over 15 years. He is an expert in photo editing, video making and camera techniques.