Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Family Photo Tips All This Week. Day 2: Use Reflectors and Diffusers to Soften the Light

 My neighbor's photogenic daughter. Left: No diffuser. Right: Diffuser.
I am have fun getting my pictures and photo tips together for my talk on family photography at the Upper West Side Apple store on February 26th in NYC. 

While I am in the family photo mood, I thought I'd post some of my favorite family photos and tips here on my blog - along with some of my travel photographs that illustrate the same basic techniques.

Today's Tip: Use Reflectors and Diffusers.

Top left: No reflector. Top right: Reflector. Bottom: Me shooting :-)
Diffuser/reflector kits come in all sizes and shapes. If you are serious about taking good pictures of your family and friends, and even strangers in strange lands, don't leave home without a diffuser/reflector kit.

Here are the two kits I recommend:
Westcott 1032 6-in-1 Reflector Kit 42in.
Travel portraits from my Papua New Guinea Workshop. Diffuser plus fill-in flash.
One of my PNG workshop students making a picture with the aid of a reflector.
Okay, back to family photos. Below is another example of the effectiveness of using a diffuser.
My nephew William.
Behind-the-scenes shot of my photo session with William.
You'll find more tips on photographing people in my apps.

Explore the light,

P.S. My favorite lens for people pictures is the Canon 24-105mm IS lens:

1 comment:

Mike said...

Great examples Rick. Sometimes people over complicate and lament shooting outdoors. A reflector or umbrella is generally all you need for nice balanced light! -Mike Z from Unique