Natural Light and Shadows: Dealing with it by using reflectors

In this setup I use natural light only.
The sunlight shining through a big window is key. A gold disc reflector is used to bring light levels higher in the right upper portion of the subject. Care should be taken that this does not create a difference in apparent light direction from that which exists in the rest of the frame. Shadows falling in different directions will leave a feeling that “something is wrong.”

  • The main light (key light) here is the sun shining trough a big dirty window
  • Thefill in is a gold disc reflector (Ø42″/100cm). The light is gently reflected back on the model’s right half.
  • The ISO is set a bit higher to influence the overall ambient light characteristic.
  • Photoshop: Model skin & make-up retouched, general brightness/contrast, b/w adaption & levels adjustments

Natural Light Only – Sun & Gold Disc Reflector

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Tech Sheet

  • Key light: Sun
  • Fill in: Gold Disc Reflector, Ø42″/100cm
  • White Balance: 5400K
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • F-stop: 7.2
  • Shutter: 1/125
  • ISO: 320


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