USING REFLECTORS 101

Over the weekend I photographed Hannah Globe of The Dragonfly Agency.

I don't use assistants on every shoot but decided to because of the walking we would be doing around Downtown Fort Worth. It's always nice to have an extra pair of hands to carry additional outfit pieces, water bottles, and in this case, the reflector. 

We were setting up the shot below and the wind caught the reflector, moving it away from Hannah's face. The result is the image on the left. The image on the right is the RAW, unedited version using the reflector. 

RAW image without reflector                                 RAW image with reflector

RAW image without reflector                                 RAW image with reflector

As you can see, the image on the left pales in comparison – it's dull, uninteresting, and doesn't force the viewer to focus on the model's face or the clothing; which is highly important when shooting fashion. 

When using a reflector, it's important to consider which color side you want to use. On most standard reflectors, there is a gold, silver, black side (which is actually an anti-reflector), and white side that all offer very different looks. In the above photos I chose to use the metallic gold side to bring out the gold already in her dress and increase the highlight on her face and legs.

Here is the finalized photo using the reflector

This shoot made me realize just how crucial it is to bring an assistant and use a reflector when shooting in bright, natural light. It's a truly incredible difference – something I definitely don't want to miss out on with future shoots! 


What is your preference? Do you use reflectors for every shoot and which color do you like best?