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The Science Behind How to Use a Reflector

[tps_header] How to Use a Reflector sounds simple enough, but you’d be surprised how many photographers struggle with the placement, distance, and type of reflective surface. Often, photographers use reflectors in a vertical position, resulting in the reflecting light hitting the floor rather than the subject. In this article, we’ll explore the science and theory behind using your main light with your reflector for fill. [/tps_header]

Step One

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First, we must get the main light in its proper position: up high and on a 45° angle to the face. This is where the catch lights in the eyes will appear at 10, 11, 12, 1, or 2 o’clock—never 3 or 9 o’clock.

How to use a reflector

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