Re­flec­tors

Add more punch by lift­ing the shad­ows

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Light, in­ex­pen­sive and hugely ver­sa­tile, a sim­ple re­flec­tor is one of the most im­por­tant items in the por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher’s kit bag. It acts al­most like a sec­ondary light source by let­ting you bounce light into shad­ows on the face. In the two images to the right you can see the dif­fer­ence it makes: with the sun­light com­ing from be­hind, the re­flec­tor bounces light back to­wards the face, evening out con­trast and adding catch­lights in the eyes for a punchier, more sat­u­rated por­trait.

With re­flec­tor

With­out re­flec­tor

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