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Reflected Beauty

When shooting a portrait or head shot outdoors or inside a studio, I always use a reflector or bounce card to add some sparkle to the subject. This is Emily, I first shot her without any reflected light indoors in my studio.

No Reflector

Now, I will add some reflected light directly below her and just out of the bottom frame. Notice Garrett is holding the reflector. Some photographers will ask the talent to just hold the reflector because they have no one to assist them. Get a stand or something, never ask your subject to hold the reflector on themselves! First, they can’t see what their doing. Second, it is distracting them from working the camera. They may already be nervous and all you’re doing is adding to their stress. If I ever asked L.L. Cool J or Mark Harmon, or any celebrity to hold their reflector that would be the last time I would ever shoot on that show. If you ever attend one of my workshops I have a excellent trick on why you never ever do this!

standard reflector

She’s already adorable, the light makes her sparkle.

Std Reflector

Here is where I want to make a suggestion, Emily already looks great. Let us add some depth to the image. Let’s try putting the reflector to her side instead of below her.

side reflector

 

 

side ref

 

Now there’s what I call turning the light.

Notice camera right just below her nose, or look at the shadow under her chin. Can you see how one side is a bit lighter than the other? That creates depth, it’s not so flatly lit. It’s just a suggestion to try something simple and approach it differently.

I’m known for creating depth in my images. If you want to learn more about depth in an image check back on Photofocus. I’ll be writing more about it in my blog. I also have lighting workshops you can attend.

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