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Should I be using a reflector/diffuser outdoors?
Old 01-12-2005, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think the answer is yes but are they necessary? We have clear skies and sunshine today. Thanks.
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Re: Should I be using a reflector/diffuser outdoors?
Old 01-12-2005, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it depends. Is the sun so harse taht you will need some shade? If so, using a scrim will be helpful. You could also move your subject under an awning or some other sort of covering, but you may need a reflector to help bounce some extra light so their eyes POP.

Personally, I would bring one and try different setups tofind what works.

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Re: Should I be using a reflector/diffuser outdoors?
Old 01-12-2005, 10:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sunny days are the best time for reflectors. Put the sun behind your model so she doesn't squint. Bounce some light back into her eyes for detail. Bonus: You get a nice hairlight.

In this shot with Katie, you can see the sun coming in from camera right, hitting her on her left side. Her face would have fallen into a shadow, but I used a 52" Photoflex LiteDisc propped on a chair to bounce light back in to light her up. My LiteDisc is white on one side, gold on the other. Some folks prefer silver. But any reflective surface will do, such as styrofoam, foamcore, or painted cardboard.



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Re: Should I be using a reflector/diffuser outdoors?
Old 01-12-2005, 11:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What in the hell happened here? I put the sun to the models back and used the gold side of the reflector and it made her squint, and why is it so obvious that there is a reflector? Did I have it too close to her? or have it angled wrong? Looks terrible.



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Re: Should I be using a reflector/diffuser outdoors?
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That's when I flip it over and use the white side. Most of the time I find the gold a bit too much.



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Re: Should I be using a reflector/diffuser outdoors?
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Yep,... the weather was the same this day too.. and I had to use a soft gold reflector too.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Out of curiosity, what size is your reflector?
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By the looks of it, your reflector may have been too close to her. It appears to only shine back at a small area of her face and neck. Here is a shot that I did using a 4' x 4' silver reflector about 6 feet away from her. You can see the catch lights in her eyes.



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Yep,... the weather was the same this day too.. and I had to use a soft gold reflector too.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Man that model is hot [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Do you have anymore shots of her?

@Grumblecat-Its a 22 inch and I think it was too close now that I think of it. It was maybe only 4 feet away [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Very nice photo Jim!!
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