Just like any other seemingly basic tool, a reflector at first appears to be pretty self-explanatory. It allows the photographer to redirect light where he or she wants it to go. Reflectors are most commonly used to add light to a subject’s position, as needed. Over the years, however, I have learned that there are effective tricks you can use to get the most out of your reflector.

Light from the sun travels vertically from the sky down to the ground, and the reflector can redirect the light’s trajectory to a horizontal path from left to right. Your subject will then be illuminated by horizontal light, ...

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