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Old Apr 24, 2007, 2:56 PM   #1
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Hi,

I took some outdoor photos of my brother and his wife a few weeks ago and had a question about the lighting. In the photo below, should I have used a reflector to brighten their faces? If so, wherewould you place it and what color (white)? If not, what should I have done?

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Old Apr 24, 2007, 4:57 PM   #2
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Seeing how overcast it was, I would have used a gold reflector (the larger the better) placed above my left shoulder & about 4 ft away (yes, you would have needed an assistant). Why gold? Gold would have warmed the light slightly, while silver would have given them a bluish tint, with that degree of cloudiness & white would not have been reflective enough (unless it was very close to them).
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Seeing how overcast it was, I would have used a gold reflector (the larger the better) placed above my left shoulder & about 4 ft away (yes, you would have needed an assistant). Why gold? Gold would have warmed the light slightly, while silver would have given them a bluish tint, with that degree of cloudiness & white would not have been reflective enough (unless it was very close to them).
Thanks for your reply Kalypso. Your information is always explained clearly and extremely helpful.
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I understand why you wanted the tree there but having half of him in front of it and 1/2 not is a little distracting. If you can do it again sometime think about:

1. Taking the pics later in the day. I know that it was overcast at that time but you may have had a different color b/g.

2. Chose your b/g wisely. If the back view is important then by all means use it, but make sure that the person looking at the pic will know that. If not then a b/g that is less busy and blurred out may work better.

3. Try using your flash. By doing this you will get highlights in the eyes (making them look alive). I know what you are saying; "why use a flash when I have enough light to start with?". All I can say is try it.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 8:00 PM   #5
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I would have used just enough flash to fill the eye's. A reflector would only work if you had light to reflect. Yep,slight fill flash was what was needed.

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I would have used just enough flash to fill the eye's. A reflector would only work if you had light to reflect. Yep,slight fill flash was what was needed.

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How stupid of me! Of course, a reflector won't work on a cloudy day (except I have & it does). Both options would work.
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A reflector may have lightened up the subjects but a slight fill flash was still needed to liven up the racoon eyes.

A gold reflector and slight fill flash combo and the photograph would be much better.I would also not have tham that close to the tree.

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