September 12, 2011

Photo Tips that will Light Up your Photos!

Have you ever seen professional photographers use those cool light reflectors in their photo shoots? Wow! They can make a huge difference in your photos!  Whether you are staying inside or you are out enjoying the sunshine, the use of a light reflector can make a good photo great. But guess what...they aren't just for professionals! Here are a few simple tips on making and using a light reflector in your photography.

Here are a few images to compare.
The first image was taken without a reflector, casting harsh shadows on the face. 

In the second shot, my friend Sandy positioned a reflector in front of her daughter (towards the incoming light), bouncing the light and brightening the face. Doesn't that make a huge difference?

Create Your Own Reflector

Light reflectors are available to purchase at local photography stores. Or you can make your own in a few simple steps using foil and cardboard.
Here’s how:

1. Cut cardboard piece to desired size and score in thirds.

2. Wrap foil around cardboard, and smooth out wrinkles.

3. Secure foil in place using tape.

4. Use the finished reflector to bounce light

Additional Reflector Options

There are other tricks to the trade when it comes to bouncing and reflecting light.
Here are a few ideas to try:

Wear White: Reflecting light can be as simple as throwing on a white shirt.  Light bounces off of white and will naturally reflect on your subject it you aren’t a great distance away.

Use White Foam Board: Foam core boards are available at local craft stores and are a great reflector option. Plus, they are lightweight and inexpensive, making them a nice photo-equipment option

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