I am posting an educational blog post, that (for once!) hopefully will not leave you feeling like your brain has been fried. :P It is just about using a reflector in indoor photography.
Ever seen those lovely photos that are highly grainy and orange tinted? Taken in low unnatural light inside a house? I have...lots of them.
I've even taken them. Like most people. :) But there are some ways to fix indoor-photography-that-isn't-so-great.
- Use your flash. Try making yourself a diffuser. I posted a little about the one I made HERE.
- Check your white balance. If you set it correctly, it can effectively reduce yellow-orangish lighting.
- Shoot at a higher ISO or lower shutter speed to prevent underexposed photos.
- Get near those windows! Or a door! They usually provide the best indoor light.
- Use a reflector. [This is what my post today is mainly about]
A reflector helps bounce light so that your subject is evenly lit.
|See how the left side of her face and her hair are all in shadow?|
|But after strategically placing a reflector beside her, her face is more evenly lit.|
The below photo demonstrates the way I set the reflector up.
A window on her left and a reflector on her right! Voila.
Okay... what do you use for a reflector?
I use that shiny grey thing. I think it is called foam core, but I'm not sure... It works very well though!
When using a reflector, you often need an assistant to hold the reflector while you take the photo. Kind of inconvenient sometimes, but worth it in the end.
|Left: without reflector | Right: with reflector|
Post #50! Wow! And it's only been 3 months!