Exercise; Contrast and shadow fill

This exercise is concerned with contrast within a photo and filling in shadows using a reflector.

I set up the following shot and photographed it using flash which was about to to three feet from the subject at the same level and lighting the shot from the side.

The first shot was taken without a diffuser, the shadows and contrast are very sharp.

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The following shots were all taken in diffused light. They are in the following order

 

  • With a white card held about 3 feet to the left of the subject (opposite the light)
  • With a white card held about 18 inches to the left of the subject

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  • With dull Aluminium foil reflector held to the left of the subject
  • With shiny Aluminium foil held to the left of the subject

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  • Finally with crumpled Aluminium foil held to the left of the subject

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What have I learned from taking this picture? I had used reflectors before, but without a real understanding of what could be used when. Doing the exercise with the white card and different aluminium reflectors has given me a greater awareness of how reflectors can be used and I will be able to give more educated thought to this when using reflectors in the future.

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