Using a Reflector Pt. 1
Look at these two pictures of Tasha and I think you’ll notice which one was taken with a reflector. In the bottom image the shadows are not as dark, her face is brighter and you can see her eyes instead of them being black holes.
You don’t need to buy a purpose made reflector like my Lastolite - unless you want to. A photographic reflector is one of the cheapest ways to make a world of difference and improve your lighting. You can use a bit of white card, a large envelope, piece of plastic or pretty much anything that will reflect light. Word of caution though.
If you're starting out using a reflector don't try using a mirror because that would be like shining a high power beam of direct light onto your subject and that's going to be too much. Stick to bright white matt surfaces for now.
When you understand how to use a reflector you’ll improve all areas of photography from portraits to still lifes, you can even use them to improve lighting - by removing light and in this video we’ll show you how simple it all is.
I would say to anyone interested in learning how to move away from the AUTO setting on your camera and take control of your photographs to do Mike's Ultimate Beginner's Course, his style of teaching is brilliant, he breaks everything down so simply and makes it easy to understand. Also it's great fun!