Light is most essential to either Video or photography works. Reflector is one of the least expensive, yet highly versatile lighting gear you must have when shooting. Reflector can be used to bounce, diffuse natural and artificial light to improve your picture quality.Therefore, reflector is a very important lighting gear especially if you do not want to be carrying light all about as reflector comes handy and in different sizes and shape.
Reflector can be use in both video shooting and photography, but much emphasis will be on the use of reflector in photography but can be applied to video as well. Before I Proceed, let us take a look at reflector in term of sizes and shapes and color.
Sizes And Color
Reflector sizes ranges in different sizes depending on the need but i will recommend 40” reflector that is collapsible because it is easy to use and has several surfaces that can be changed from silver, gold, black and white and its very handy but for studio use you can go for something more big to have a wider reflecting surface. Depending on your need just go for any sizes you think is ok for you.
Silver Color surface can increase highlights and yield a high-contrast image. Great for video, product shots, or black and white photography.
Gold Color surface produces a natural, golden warm fill that is great for sunsets or indoor portraits.
White Color surface can be use to bounce light that works beautifully as a fill light source.
Black is used to block light or can be used to subtract light.
Translucent fabric is used to diffuse light, producing a broad light source and a soft effect.
Positioning During Shooting
Your reflection positioning should be in front of your subject and your subject will back the source of the main light or reflecting source.Do not allow your subject to look directly at the reflector because it can produce a straining effect to the sight depending of the bounce light intensity.
When shooting outdoor, make use of natural lighting like sun reflection as your Back lighting and place a reflector almost directly in front of the subject, you can bounce the sunlight at your subject background to add soft, even lighting to the foreground. You can adjust the positioning to ensure proper reflecting by moving the reflector to the side, you can control the amount of shadows on the subject to add a little drama and dimension.
You may notice shadow casting on your subject, may be due to the shadow reflection of surrounding objects like tree, building or it might be vegetation shadows you can hardly detect, What to do is to place a reflector, angled up, directly in front of the subject to soften the shadows and an evenly soften lit reflection is achieved that chase away the shadow.
In a situation where the shadow is heavy to the extent that you notice heavy shadow under the eyes or chin, You will need more than one reflector in this situation. Set one reflector at an angle directly under the subject and Use the other reflector as a key light by targeting where the most sunlight is present, this will definitely work to bounce as much light onto the subject and separate them from the background to avoid a flat image.
In most cases reflector serves as a key light especially outside shooting when you do not bring any other lighting gear to the location. Key your reflector by simply placing opposite of your main light source which is natural light source to creates a great bounce effect for fill light on your subject.
These are just few tips on how you can use reflector to improve your picture quality. Feel free to Comment .