Lighting is the most basic part of photography. A good photographer needs to learn how to observe and use light to create magic. That’s where reflectors come in and do their thing.
Since reflectors don’t create light, their primary purpose is to fix shadows. Basically a reflector is used as a replacements for the fill flash. They are great for bouncing a flash when there’s nothing around to bounce off of.
Reflectors come in different colors:
- White Reflectors: Simply bounces the light, and the light is soft and nice.
- Silver Reflectors: Light is much brighter than a white reflector.
- Gold Reflectors: Changes the color by warming it up a bit with an orange tone.
- Black Reflectors: Used to block light.
In an effort to enhance the quality of my photographs, I recently purchased several accessories from Amazon. One of these accessories was a kit of small cardboard reflectors. I decided on the “Selens Six Pack 8.3 x 11.6-inch flash bounce reflector paper card board diffuser cardstock” for photography with three acrylic holder clips. Amazon’s price was $15.99.
The acrylic clip holders make it easier to hold the reflector cards, spread the effects of light, deliver different rim lights, and control the angles of reflected light. This kit is ideal for desktop photography such as food, jewelry, cosmetics, etc. Reflectors are also used in portrait, macro and landscape photography.
The Selens Kit includes the following:
- Three acrylic clip holders
- One matte gold card
- One matte silver card
- One gloss silver card
- One gloss gold card
- One white card
- One black card
Even though these easy-to-use reflectors will be useful for my line of work, they were found to be fragile and vulnerable to wear off pretty fast. Already one of the corners of one cardboard has bent off. I’m sure they will deteriorate very fast. Plan to replace them with cardboard paper easily found in nearby stores. The acrylic clips, even though they have a weak stand-up balance, seem to be more durable. Time will tell.
Light. I believe that light is the most transformative tool at any photographers disposal. Whether the lens is aimed at flowers, plants, wildlife, or landscapes, the creative use of light is often the difference between a snapshot and a powerful photograph.
It’s all about seeing. It’s about being surrounded by the ordinary and learning how to find the extraordinary.