Another essential tool for when you take a simple portrait is a poster board or foam core. These bounce the light and diffuse it so you have a soft wash over you subject. Will it complement your photography? In this movie, author Levi Sim discusses how to use a poster board or foam core when shooting simple portraits.
- These five-in-one reflector kits are pretty inexpensive,…but even cheaper, is a piece of foam core.…And it's pretty stiff and it's very white,…and it's quite brilliant.…It actually does a good job reflecting.…Even here in the studio,…I think you can see it effecting…the exposure on my face a little bit.…I use it just like I would the white side…of the five-in-one reflector kit.…It's also a great tool if I cut it...…Just score the top piece,…and then fold it into three sections,…and then I can use it as a shaped reflector,…and even fold it up and stow it away easier.…
Since it's so inexpensive,…I can use the foam core in conjunction with a reflector,…and it's very light.…So I might use the foam core as my overhead porch piece,…and use another reflector to shine…light back into somebody's face.…It's a great tool, and it's really inexpensive.…You might even find just a piece of poster board…to be a good tool to keep in your car.…You can roll it up,…and keep it stowed away without any trouble.…
- Finding a good spot to make a portrait
- Making great light for a portrait in practically any situation
- What camera settings to use for portraits
- What accessories make portraiture better
- How to talk to help people feel comfortable in a portrait