|Left, bright sunlight. Right, diffuser.|
They all can compress the contrast range of a scene.
Often times, we need to compress the light in a scene for a pleasing photograph. That's why I never leave home without a reflector/diffuser kit and a flash.
Sometimes, however, you want to increase the contrast range for a more dramatic image. Note the nice contrast range (shadows and highlights) in the scene above. It was created by bouncing a flash into a reflector, as illustrated below.
That's my friend Rob Knight holding the reflector.
Above is a natural light shot. No reflector. The picture looks flash because it lacks contrast. As you can see, you do not always want to reduce the contrast. Increasing contrast can be a good thing.
|Left, reflector. Right, no reflector.|
Above: A behind-the-scenes shot taken during our cowgirl shoot.
|Left, flash. Right, no flash.|
When you are photographing people, think about how you can take control of contrast.
My affordable On-Location Light Controller and Tote includes a tote, reflector, diffuser and even flash diffuser.
Above: Speedlite with flash diffuser.
Above: No speedlite.
Explore the light - and control the contrast,