Using a dark reflector in product photography – Pic of the week

Using a dark reflector in product photography - Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. A five way reflector is useful for photography by increasing the light in each setup. Find out how to use the dark side of a photography reflector and recommended uses for each side of the circular reflector. Photography tips with FalcondaleJan.This week’s photo for Pic of the Week is a snap of a product photography setup. I took this with my phone. I get a lot of use out of my circular reflector. It’s a five-way reflector and can be turned inside out or zipped open to reveal different surfaces.

Silver

– highly reflective, I use this opposite a window on a cloudy day to reduce shadows and generally increase light in a photo.

White

– reflects a bit less light and in bright conditions it won’t cast harsh light. More useful in direct sun or with flash.

Gold

– reflects light in warming tones. Best used for improving skin tone in portraits. It doesn’t suit everybody’s skin colour however, so test it first with each person.

White gauze

– shine light through to diffuse it so it’s less harsh. You could try using it it for close work with sunlight. More commonly it’s useful with a bulb or flashgun.

Using a dark reflector in product photography - Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. A five way reflector is useful for photography by increasing the light in each setup. Find out how to use the dark side of a photography reflector and recommended uses for each side of the circular reflector. Photography tips with FalcondaleJan.

Black

– this is the unusual one and many people wonder what it’s good for. Today the black reflector surface has been invaluable because I’ve been taking product shots of a shiny keg which has been a bit dented in the post. By using the black refector along side the dent, most reflection has been removed from that side and there’s no shiny outline of the dent. Somehow the black manages to subtract light from the scene.

I hope you can see how effective this is in the final blog post: Boozy Valentine’s Gift Guide and Drinks Review.

The light from the window casts a bit of a shadow on the background and for most of my product shots I have used the silver reflector. As you can see, my setup is not very high tech! I have been able to use daylight over the last few days with close-up shots, so I didn’t need a lot of space and just popped everything on the sofa by the window.

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Silver side of a reflector. A five way reflector is useful for photography by increasing the light in each setup. Find out how to use the dark side of a photography reflector and recommended uses for each side of the circular reflector. Photography tips with FalcondaleJan.

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6 Comments

  1. 7th February 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Such lovely tips! I am looking to improve my photography and this is a great help. Thanks for sharing. #mysundayphoto

    • 11th February 2018 / 9:14 pm

      This will definitely give you some good lighting options. Thanks for your comment!

  2. 5th February 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Ooh that’s really handy to know that you, I shall have a look to see if I can get one of these. I often struggle with lighting in my house. #MySundayPhoto

    • 5th February 2018 / 2:48 pm

      I’m certain you will find this really helpful and versatile.

  3. 4th February 2018 / 8:23 pm

    I remember when I first discovered a reflector, it changed my photography massively

    Thank you for linking up

    • 5th February 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Such a useful thing – I use the gold side the least.

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