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Working with a combination of diffusion and reflected light

From: Up and Running with Lighting: Natural Light

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Diffusing harsh light falling upon your subject can definitely soften the shadows while keeping the overall image bright. But sometimes you need that extra little kick of light from reflector to brighten things up. (SOUND) This looks great but I'm thinking probably a little reflector might help too, so Heather if you could step in. Thank you. It's great to have some assistance, help out. Woo, that's nice. So now we've kind of knocked down that contrasting light. And one, two and three.

Working with a combination of diffusion and reflected light

Diffusing harsh light falling upon your subject can definitely soften the shadows while keeping the overall image bright. But sometimes you need that extra little kick of light from reflector to brighten things up. (SOUND) This looks great but I'm thinking probably a little reflector might help too, so Heather if you could step in. Thank you. It's great to have some assistance, help out. Woo, that's nice. So now we've kind of knocked down that contrasting light. And one, two and three.

Right to camera, very nice. Now give me a little bit of 'tude on this one. So you're looking down, you're looking up real slow. One, two and look up. Using both a diffuser and a reflector simultaneously gives you more options for controlling the light and creating a successful image. In this image I had Lauren hold the diffuser over Josh's head, and Heather stepped in with a silver gold reflector to bounce a little more light into Josh's face. The location of the sun in the sky an the light falling upon your subject, determines the position of the diffuser and reflector.

In this example, it's about 1:30 in the afternoon, and the diffuser needs to be placed between the harsh sun and Josh. So, Lauren is holding the diffuser above Josh's head, and Heather has a reflector position on the opposite side, reflecting some light back into Josh's face. Now you can see the different effects created by reflecting, diffusing and combining the two. Every lighting situation varies, so experiment and see what works best for you.

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