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As photographers we know that light is really important. But available light often needs a little help and this is why using flash well is so important. The best flash photography like much of the work from this week’s guest Joe McNally, looks so natural, you don’t notice the flash and get straight into the image.

Using the disc reflectors can make a huge impact in your work, particularly with portraits where you can fill in shadows, add nice catchlights and make otherwise dull portraits sing. I like using the white/silver reflectors that add a very natural light. The gold reflectors will add a golden warm light, which i find a bit too much but you may like. Be careful not to “blind” your subject with the powerful reflections from a noon-day backlit sun.

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  1. I completely agree. An inexpensive alternative that I have used in the past was taking a white piece of board that is available at pretty much any off foamcore ice supply store and spray adhesive to just apply aluminum foil. This actually worked better than an old beat up zip disc reflector tat my buddy had. I used the silver side to really punch in some light and the soft white side for just a little soft fill.

  2. Agreed, I’ve used these in film (video) shoots and they’re great.
    The double sided ones that have super reflecty (silver, like pic on top),
    and semi reflective on the other side (almost completely white with silver strips
    throughout) are good. One thing that people not familiar with these will not know is that they
    “fold” up into a little round carrying case that is light and makes it convenient to carry around.

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