What is a Reflector?

reflectors

A reflector is used to redirect or ‘bounce’ light from another light source toward the subject. Reflectors can be made of various materials from foam core to nylon. The more reflective the surface, the more the reflector will provide strong directional light. Less smooth surfaces provide a more diffused, softer light.

reflectors2Reflectors are most often used in the studio to fill shadows, but can be used for getting light into any part of a scene. Once in place, they can be treated as a light source.

Professional reflectors for photography come in many shapes and sizes. Many are manufactured with white, silver or gold colored material used to provide a color cast in order to cool or warm a photo. Portable refectors can be folded and stored for location shots or traveling. Reflectors can even be used as backgrounds in a pinch.

reflector_fill

reflector_setup1

reflector_setup2

StudioLighting.net

About StudioLighting.net

A Free Online Resource for Studio Lighting and Photography Information: Tips, Tutorials, DIY Instructions, Reviews, and Much More.

Set of 4 Bolsey 8 USA Vintage 8mm photo/movie cameras with accessories picture
Set of 4 Bolsey 8 USA Vintage 8mm photo/movie cameras with accessories
Bolsey 8 still / movie camera, early version, excellent condition with Logo picture
Bolsey 8 still / movie camera, early version, excellent condition with Logo
Vintage Bolsey B22 Set-O-Matic 35mm Rangefinder film camera picture
Vintage Bolsey B22 Set-O-Matic 35mm Rangefinder film camera
Bolsey 35 mm Camera model B2 with an F:3.2 44 mm Wallensak lens & carry case picture
Bolsey 35 mm Camera model B2 with an F:3.2 44 mm Wallensak lens & carry case
F53019~ Bolsey Model B2 Camera & 44mm f/3.2 Wollensak Anastigmat Lens picture
F53019~ Bolsey Model B2 Camera & 44mm f/3.2 Wollensak Anastigmat Lens