How to Use a Reflector with Natural Light for Powerful Portrait Photography

Building your lighting arsenal requires just as much thought as choosing your camera body and lenses. You have to consider what environments you’ll be shooting in, how you’ll transport your equipment, and of course, the cost of everything vs. the return. That said, it can be difficult figuring out where to start. What is the most useful tool when it comes to lighting?

Award-winning photographer Lauri Laukkanen talks about the importance of reflectors in this new video, and how you should buy one before you buy a light. In a recent photo he shot of a musician, Lauri explains how he was able to achieve this hazy effect with just two reflectors and natural light.

lighting diagram reflector

As you can see, the setup is very simple and can be easily recreated even if you don’t have your own studio. One large silver reflector was positioned behind the subject and a smaller one placed in front of the subject for a fill light. In order to emphasize the natural light coming from behind the subject, he made use of a fog machine behind the subject. Combined with the sunlight filtering through the windows, he was able to create this effect.

portrait of musician away from light

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2 Comments

  1. Great vid. What lighting diagram did you use?

  2. Debbie says:

    Beautiful shot. What time of day and is this SOOC? Love it.

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