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By Jim Heid | Friday, May 31, 2013

The Practicing Photographer: Using a reflector to add fill light

A great way to improve your photography is to begin bending light to your will. That means going beyond ambient light and employing tools and techniques that enhance the light in a scene.

At an advanced level, it might involve using multiple strobe lights along with gizmos like gobos and snoots—the sort of thing David Hobby does in his Lighting with Flash series.

But at a basic level, bending light can be as simple as reflecting it. Working with a reflector is the subject of this week’s installment of The Practicing Photographer. A small reflector like the one Ben Long shows this week costs less than $10 and fits in any camera bag.

Ben Long demonstrates a reflector

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