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USING A REFLECTOR WITH WINDOW LIGHT

There are 2 choices when placing the reflector to enhance the window light juat as you do when using a reflectoer in the studio. if the light pattern is already there and all you want to do is open up the shadows, then the reflector goes in the shadow side of the face. If, however, there is light only on one side of the face SPLIT LIGHTING, and no light on the eyes, and there is NO apropieate lighting pattern, then the reflector should be placed on the hightlight side of the face; it is what will create the light pattern for you.

REFLECTOR FOR FILL LIGHT:
The most common use for the reflector is to open shadows in a portrait, allowing you to render detail throughout the image. Whe4n use for this purpose the reflector should remain foward of the face, not beside it. When it is in front of the face, it can pick up the light from the window and push it around to open the shadows. When it is beside the face, in the other hand, it tends to act like a second main light source, bringing in noticeable light from the side opposite the main light.

REFLECTOR FOR MAIN LIGHT:
Another use for the reflector is when the window lights only half of the face. In this case, what you need is an appropriate main light. To accomplish this, the reflector should be placed on the hightlight side of the face and , initially, turned toward the window. Then, slowly turrn the reflector until it counces the light onto the shadow side of the face and creates the desire lighting pattern.

Hope this help you improve your portraiture technique. Some of the things that were discussed here are applicable to OUTDOOR PORTRAITS.
Shalom,
Don
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As this topic relates to Photography, I have moved it to the Photography category from the Coffee Shop. This way if someone is looking for Photography related subjects in the future they will find it.

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Shalom,
Don
A well conseived image is a poem written with light.
PSE6 - Lightroom - CS3 - Win-Vista -Epson 7800
Nikon D80 - D-700 - Canon G9
http://www.condeimaging.com
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