Daylight, Flash, and Reflectors

A little fill flash and a 2′ x 2′ reflector can go a looong way to controlling harsh shadows outdoors. And because it’s outdoors you can shoot at ISO 100 for minimal noise.

The flash puts a catchlight in the eyes, where otherwise would be darker horizon. It also goes some way to reducing the micro-shadows from any skin imperfections.

The reflector is at image-left, filling in without being bright enough to cast it’s own shadow. The model’s sister was a real help during the shoot, acting as a universal reflector and flash stand.

The overall amount of light is quite high but with a fast enough shutter speed you won’t have to stop down too much.

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