FAQ : Natural Reflectors, Indoors + Outdoors


Yesterday I posted Rachel and Rush’s New Mexico wedding, so today I thought I’d share a little more about Natural Reflectors. I mean, sure, I’ve talked about them before, but every time I host a shoot or engage in an explanation, I realize I might not have done my best to articulate my thoughts fully. In light of this (pun totally inserted here), I thought I’d share a few behind-the-scenes photos JD captured of a couple reflective light sources I employed at the wedding.

Up first is this picture of Rachel getting dressed. Clearly, she’s illuminated by light coming from a lower source, but I really like how it hit her from head to toe, in addition to her beautiful mom, Ellen… 50mm F/2.5 1/160 160 ISO

Okay, so a little while later, we noticed that Rachel had something like 1,037 buttons down the back of her dress, and, oh, Jasmine could you help us out? This stuff makes me nervous because I don’t know how to tie my shoes properly (no, really, I STILL do the two bunny-ear method), but luckily JD walked in and caught a sneak peek of me in action.

If you notice, this unretouched photo showcases the bright light streaming through the window and hitting the floor. Just a few moments before, I strategically placed Rachel just out of that direct light, but into it’s reflected light bouncing up from the floor. That reflected light is what you saw in the first picture.

This is Rachel’s bouquet. In this photo, there appears to be a warm-colored light source(s) illuminating the flowers… 100mm Macro IS F/2.8 1/160 160 ISO

In this unretouched photo JD captured (that’s the videographer to the right of me), it showcases the natural reflectors I used from the terracotta floor (see that big patch of bright light?!) and wall (just to my left arm).

Hope this sheds a little more light (look, I’m punny!) into how I work and how I find natural reflectors on a wedding day.

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Kai

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  2. Laura Kelly

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    thanks jasmine! we always appreciate your behind the scene posts 🙂

  3. Meredith Sledge

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This was a GREAT help. Thanks Jasmine!!!!!! Please post about natural reflectors as much as you want. It never gets old and continues to help me understand.

  4. Kelli Taylor

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Love these behind the scenes posts! 🙂

  5. Jeff Kho

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Very helpful tips and very punny too =)

  6. Lydia

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    For a second I was like, dang she wears heels to a wedding shoot!? Dang she’s REALLY into fashion! Then I realized it’s a pair of boots…lol Thanks for the great tips! 😀

  7. Jodie Lemke

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much Jasmine! This is totally something that I needed to learn more about. I am looking forward to keeping an eye out and training my eyes to see the natural reflectors. The workshop yesterday opened my eyes. I always saw white walls or the cement but never thought of reflectors like the stone walls. I am excited to put all my new knowledge to work!

  8. Marina from Dubai

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing Jasmine!

  9. Mindy M

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    thanks, jasmine.. the natural reflector posts are always so helpful to me and remind me to think outside the box when it comes to light. you rock socks!

  10. Shannon Kate

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I love that you think about using the floor as a reflector – I’m used to the roof and the walls, or my shirt or a dress, but not the floor. Amazing how much light you can actually achieve.

  11. Stacey Klemme

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Since the workshop Jasmine, I’m always looking for natural reflectors. Even in my day to day life, not on a shoot, I’m looking! Thank you for this post, it makes perfect sense!!

  12. Robert Peterson

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Love the b-t-s paired with the final image. I always like seeing what random nook or cranny gives life to the perfect light.

  13. Rachel Marie Photography

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    The "helpful" posts are my favorite! Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas. I will definitely be paying more attention to those indoor "natural reflectors"

  14. Sheila Sim

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Jasmine, this is incredibly helpful – thank you so much for posting it. I love how you share so much of your experience 🙂

  15. Brandon Dykes

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I try to use natural reflectors also but to be honest I find myself overwhelmed sometimes. The more weddings I do the easier it comes but I still feel like I am "searching" for the reflectors instead of just using whats around me. Yes I use quotes when they are not needed. Thanks for your post. The info you give here is invaluable.

  16. Hai Doan

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you so much for posts like this!

  17. Anne

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing! And you do awesome with your explanations! Thank you 🙂

  18. Rachel Tatem

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the walk through!

  19. Melissa Cramer

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I love these types of posts. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learned from you over the past year + of following you. My photography has grown by leaps and bounds. Thank you!

  20. Jamie

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you thank you. GREAT tips and pullbacks!

  21. liz snedker

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing and beautifully illustrated – very helpful.

  22. Tiffany Tracy

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks again you rock!!

  23. Wedding photographer devon

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    A lot of people can get carried away with off camera flash, it’s good to remind photographers to use what’s available as it’s usually much better. 🙂 keep blogging

  24. Sarah B

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Love it! Thanks Jasmine! 🙂

  25. Haley

    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks so much for posting!! I am going to be more aware of this while shooting now! 🙂

  26. Lindsay Vallas

    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing informative posts such as this. It helps me to grow so much as a new photographer!

  27. Sachin Khona

    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Great post Jasmine! 🙂

  28. Sarah V

    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    PERFECT!! Your explanations are the best!

    And my soon to be husband also does bunny ears and we had a conversation about it at dinner two nights ago with friends! Love you two!

  29. Yuliya M.

    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Love posts like these! Thank you!

  30. John Farrand

    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you Jasmine. Your continued generosity with sharing your tips is wonderful! Finding the right light for the bride and groom is extremely important… Learned from you.

  31. Andrea Paris

    November 2nd, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for SHOWING how you use natural reflectors. It totally clicked. You’re awesome.

  32. LEOLAK

    November 2nd, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    You Jasmine…are the BOMB! Thank you!! =)

  33. jack

    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Really appreciate the behind the scenes shots! I really learn a lot from these posts.

  34. Dori O'Brien

    November 2nd, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Great explanations and pics to help!

  35. Tonya Lewis

    November 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    You sure are punny Jasmine! Thanks for this tutorial. A little light went on for me! heeheehee. 😉

  36. Ike Wever

    November 3rd, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Very "illuminating" post on finding light! 🙂

  37. kristen dawn

    November 3rd, 2011 at 12:24 am

    This helped alot, thanks! I really need to start putting my feelers out there and not be intimidated to change my lense. I just feel like I’m always in a RUSH!

  38. Jessica Sweeney

    November 3rd, 2011 at 12:54 am

    This was really helpful actually! Seeing it in action trumps theory almost every time.

  39. Ansley Braverman

    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Thanks for the tips. Just bought a book on lighting and began experimenting, so these will come in very handy.

  40. Roseville Photographers

    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Nothing like practical advice, and the accompanying photos of you shooting are very helpful. Thank you and JD!

  41. drob

    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for the great post. Yesterday i was thinking how i wish i could see some of the exif data from your photos. i learn tons from your post. thank you again.

  42. Jenn Best

    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Um… you may be "punny" but your arms are HUGE! Go muscles!

  43. Mireya

    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:55 am

    You are very punny!! (insert geeky laugh) hahaha

  44. MegganB

    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    You’re the best. Thanks for always taking the time to share with others even in the midst of your busy day (thanks to JD too!!). <3

  45. Adriana Morett

    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    These posts (so helpful and so giving) show just how great and generous you are. I can’t thank you enough. F’real. 😉

  46. tardy

    November 3rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    ahh yes. very helpful!

  47. CW

    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks Jasmine 🙂 I find it hard to use natural light. I must think more like you when it comes to this kind of stuff 🙂

  48. Hope Easter

    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    You are like me! I always thought I was the weird one for not wanting to use flash like everyone else does. lol.

    I love natural light! There’s just so much to play around with.

  49. Pierre Graf

    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I’m always pleased when you post some tips and tricks about natural reflectors, bounce light and parameters for better photography.
    Thanks again for this.

  50. Pua

    November 4th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Love this! Such awesome use of natural reflectors!!!

  51. Frank

    November 4th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I love this! Wedding photo, however beautiful, are for the family and friends. These background stories are for us, phtographers. Thank you so much!

  52. Tara

    November 6th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Are you wearing heels? Your poor doggies must have been barking at the end of the day. But you look awesome as always!

  53. Chris Aram

    November 6th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    "Punny" lol. Thanks as always for the 411! ":)

  54. Anni

    November 7th, 2011 at 3:26 am

    So helpful, thank you! Isn’t it amazing what natural reflectors can do? Love your examples.