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Light reflectors: A cheap alternative to flash


I brought a 5-in-1 light reflector set to photojournalism class and we experimented with it in the parking lot behind the Communication Building at Flagler College. I haven’t used reflectors and I was anxious to try them out.
Student Phil Sunkel, an accomplished photographer, was a great help and showed everyone how the semitransparent or translucent reflector could be used to diffuse the bright sunlight. I mistakenly tried to use it to reflect light at one point. Sunkel spotted that and said “that’s the opposite of what” that one is supposed to do.
Then we started using a gold-colored reflector and saw instantly what a great tool it can be. It worked even better than fill flash to light up two back-lit subjects, Angela Biggs and Victoria Choeff. Continue reading

Photography: Using fill flash

Fill flash is used in this photo to light up the foreground. The background remains properly exposed. Camera setting: ISO 100, Exposure: 1/40 sec, Aperture: 22.0, Focal Length: 18mm. Speed of car: About 55 mph 🙂

Tip: Use manual camera setting. Expose for the sky. Turn on the flash and let it fire normally. It looks to me like the flash isn’t as intense as in some other shots because of the bright background. Continue reading