Reflections : Natural Reflectors


Happy Wednesday, y’all! I decided to revisit a post from last week and create a Reflections entry about it because it was one of the toughest shoots I had in regard to lighting. This time of year can present tricky lighting situations and when I shot this photo session a couple weeks ago, it was no exception. I usually arrange the a session about an hour and a half before sunset if I’m shooting along the coast. I can usually find open shade to shoot the couple in until the sun has fallen and created a nice, orangey glow around sunset. However, when you’re shooting on a boat dock, you’re not given that luxury as open shade isn’t readily available.

I arrived early to scope out the location and realized there was, literally, no where else to shoot besides the dock. And it was blazing. That’s when I went into red-DELAY-THIS-SHOOT-alert, but kept my demeanor calm on the outside. I needed to buy some time before getting the boat on the water because it was far too bright to shoot, so I assessed my options and here’s a photo of what they were:

You can see from the photo above the light was scattered in between each boat, but I made mental notes of where the natural reflectors were and where I could place my subjects on open shade. Now, the photo below didn’t make the final edit because I felt the natural reflector was far too distracting, but I’m showing it here to put into context how I positioned the bride and groom in relation to the reflector, which was about 3-4 feet from them.

Whenever I’m using natural reflectors, I try to omit them from the frame so I don’t reveal the light source, as it’s usually blown out and distracting in a photo. In the photo below, the natural reflector is just left to the frame and is bouncing light back onto their faces. If the reflector wasn’t there, their faces would be far too shadowed since the sun was so harsh.

In the following photo, I had about four feet of shade to work with…which is less than ideal, I know…but you have to take what you have and make it work. I grabbed a stool and asked the couple to share it. The main natural reflector for this shot is about two feet in front of them on the pavement, which bounced light back onto their faces.

I hope this helps put into context how I shoot using only available light. Yes, it’s sometimes difficult, but I prefer natural, life-like imagery and using artificial reflectors or fill-flash takes that away from me. If this explanation was confusing…forgive me…it’s all I have and maybe I’ll try again in the near future to explain my approach and thought process! πŸ™‚

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  1. Aisha

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Jasmine, thanks for this post! You have no idea how much this has helped. Thanks again.

  2. Kristin Nicole

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Very helpful, and good to know that I am not the only one that encounters situations like this where the lighting is a hot mess.

  3. Rachel Leigh Greene

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    That was really helpful! Thanks! πŸ˜€

  4. quicoto

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Very well explainned Jasmine!

    I like this kind of post, helps our photography πŸ™‚

    And it makes me realize I need to start paying more attention to the natural reflectors πŸ˜›

    Thank you.

  5. Lorele

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Ho Jasmine, I love when you share your thoughts with us! Sometimes I don’t understand everything (I am not yet bilingual) but reading you makes me really smile!!

  6. Justine Ray

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    This totally makes sense. Thank you for sharing! I definitely need to venture out and test this out for myself so that I can become familiar with it:) Thanks again. You rock!

  7. Chie Sipin-Bjarenas

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Fantastic post, as always! This was quite informative. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Ernie E

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Very clever way to use those natural reflections to your advantage instead of them becoming a hindrance. I have to consider that next time I’m dealing with situations like that.

  9. analy

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Jasmine, this was SO VERY helpful! You’re awesome!


  10. Jennifer

    February 23rd, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Your informational posts are always so helpful! πŸ™‚

  11. Emma Godfrey

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Really, really helpful – thank you! I’ve been trying to play with natural reflectors since watching your CreativeLive course but it wasn’t working. I think my biggest problem was the time of day and having too much dark shade with too much bright sun. Do you always prefer to shoot in the late afternoon? xxx

  12. Karine Ardault

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    thanks Jasmine.
    I am shooting my first wedding of the year this saturday. I live near the equator where there is harsh light and my couple is color mixed. It is always a challenge to make sure everybody is flattered by light. My program: lots of nice shade and light reflection and some fill-in flash!
    thanks for the catch-up lesson πŸ™‚

  13. Amber

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Jasmine, your advice on natural reflectors is so-so-so helpful. I learned so much from the CreativeLive course and this was one of my biggest takeaways – it has totally changed my portraiture. THANK YOU

  14. Life with Kaishon

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  15. Kristen

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for this post – I found this really helpful!

  16. Tara Liebeck

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you Jasmine! food for thought

  17. Lida Mathews

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Jasmine, you always help – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  18. Anne Elisabeth

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    There is no one who is as good in teaching about natural reflectors as you are. I loved it when you taught it at CreativeLIVE. It helps so much! Keep on going, bless!

  19. Kathleen Frank

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    This is so helpful! Honestly, I would have been even more helpful a week ago πŸ˜‰ I just had a shoot, and I struggled with this so much. Thank you for explaining your process!

  20. plain_jo

    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to explain your method of natural lighting. I never understood it before because I wasn’t seeing the reflector in the image and no one pointed the them out to me. I’m so new at this!

  21. kelli taylor

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s nice to know that you have moments of panic about lighting too since your end results are always so awesome!

  22. Wesley

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Love your behind the scene, so that we can eat a little bit of your photo brain :)(that sounded better in my head :P)

    You’ve showed on CL that you have a reflection screen in your bag, maybe it was a sign of god to try something with that screen πŸ˜‰

    And you know you’re awesome right?

  23. Jen

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love this post Jasmine! Thanks for always sharing your helpful tips.

  24. JulieV

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I always look forward to your posts Jasmine! Thanks again for making me think outside of what I normally do! Great tips!

  25. Izzy Hudgins

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    You definitely make sense! And thanks for always sharing your technique. Its refreshing to have someone be so open and willing to help! You set a very good example for all of us! Rock on.

  26. Jessi D

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Love these posts Jasmine! Thank You!!

  27. Angela Davis

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Jasmine, this is AMAZING information! I so prefer to shoot with available/natural light vs. flash/lighting–my partner-husband doesn’t share my philosophy on that. HA! But any tips I can get on how to utilize ambient light is crucial for me. I’d love to hear/see your thoughts about it in an urban/downtownish setting , as well, if you ever do a blog on that. And thanks!!

  28. Karisa

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I learned so much about how you use natural reflectors when watching you at creativelive. It has been SO useful to me. LOVE. Thanks J. πŸ™‚

  29. adita

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Excellent tutorial! No confusion here πŸ™‚ Thank you Jasmine!

  30. Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    This is fantastic! I’ve never thought about using natural reflectors in my shoots. I can’t wait to connect with a model in the spring!

  31. flaii

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Jasmine! πŸ˜€ I’ve come to love and understand light better with each and every of your HOW-TO posts πŸ™‚ Your photos look always awesome, even if the sun is playing tricks on you! Loved the shoot and thanks so much for sharing!

  32. Naomi Chokr

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    fabulous entry!!! you always mention natural reflectors… and i had a good idea about it. But this really illustrated how you use it. light in florida is crazy and no matter what i do i get hot spots. i will make sure to use this advice and hopefully get better results.

  33. lmend

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    thank you for this explanation! the photos from this shoot are gorgeous; if everyone hasn’t seen them, they should peek back at the blog. truly awesome work, and it really helps to know that you were a little nervous about it as well. thanks again!

  34. rusty Tripod

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks, I was trying to remember just how you addressed this issue in Seattle. It is great to reconnect with the process.

  35. brianne howard

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love reading all your posts, thanks so much!

  36. Laura Fiore

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us…always looking for ways to make my photos better and I really appreciate that you help me think on the fly!

  37. Luis Cappa

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Love your look and your manner of driving the couple. I am a Brazilian and an admirer of his work. I have a special request is that I know of many Brazilians also: Bring your workshop for our country. We’d love to. God continue to bless you and big hug.( Grande abraΓ§o)

  38. Daniele

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Wonderful, Jasmine!!
    Really interesting and inspiring, thank you soooo much!! ^_^

  39. Kare

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Makes total sense now.

  40. Joanie

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    So helpful. I love natural light also. And I admit that I’m not using them to their max benefit. When you are out on a shoot what size reflectors do you find most useful? I am challenged when I travel to try to pack light and I find myself sacrificing wardrobe and other necessities for equipment. LOL.

  41. Anna

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    This was SO helpful! Thank you for posting it…it wasn’t confusing at all and made perfect sense. And your pictures are lovely and wonderful. :o)

  42. Salwa

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Love this post, and the diagrams were very helpful!

    When you first started, did you ever make someone (ahem, JD) stand in various spots before shooting, to confirm that the natural reflectors were where you thought they were? I suppose that comes with experience, knowing the outcome of the lighting before trying it out…

  43. Raquel

    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Love seeing how you make it work so beautifully!

  44. BΓ‘rbara

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I think you did a great job of explaining! The visual aids (photos and drawn in explanations with arrows) really helped drive the point home as well.

  45. anouschka

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    awesome post Jasmine! Very, very usefull info!

  46. JenW

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    These post are so helpful! Every time I see a photo I love I try to analyze how it was done. That’s awesome of you to share it with us!

  47. Gaby Fuentes Photography

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Looks like it belongs to a Ralph Lauren add.

  48. LEOLAK

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This made perfect sense! Thanks! To see the challenges you faced and how fantastic these images came out…wow!

  49. Crystal Heft

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I like your picture demonstrations. I don’t think I’ve attempted this is dappled light like on the pier. Something to tuck into my brain! Thank you!

  50. Jess

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Is that Whitney and Drew? I never get tired of looking at photos of that adorable couple!

  51. Rebecca Sehn

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Really useful – thanks Jasmine!

  52. Randy

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I love this post and it makes a lot of sense however just wondering if you would be so kind as list the specific iso, shutter, and aperture settings in each of this pictures seeing as how each of these pictures are in different lighting conditions, without a fill flash. I understand that the setting wouldn’t be a β€œrule” but a rule of thumb but I was just curious. Love your work keep up the amazing work.

  53. ashley barnett

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    So helpful! This is one of my biggest challenges when a client picks a location that has near non-existent shade and the only time of day is not ideal. Looking for natural reflectors more and using them to my advantage is definitely one of my biggest goals for 2011. Thank you!

  54. Apple

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    wow! this post just proves how much effort you put in making your photos seem effortless!;)

  55. Cathy

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to show things like this. I consider myself more edumacated because you are so generous.

  56. Lydia

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the reminder, Jasmine! I have a shoot coming up and need to remember to look for the light!

  57. Melissa

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Jasmine!! Loved this shoot so much! I was wondering if you could explain a "sunset" shoot!? Settings and lighting preferably – my subjects are always underexposed and dark…you’re such an inspiration!!

  58. Doug

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Jasmine, this is the most awesome post ever! Thank you for showing us how you work! This type of information is invaluable for us just starting out.

  59. Mona Alicia

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    When I first saw this shoot I was impressed with how you managed the light so thank you for explaining it in more detail. You rock as a natural light photographer!

  60. JC Ruiz

    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I never thought of using natural reflectors the way you have demonstrated here. Another thing for me to keep in mind. Thanks for the tips!

  61. Brian

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    This is great Jasmine! Thanks so much for sharing your expertise. I learn so much from you.

  62. Jayme

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  63. Kristi Chappell

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Totally get it! Makes sense, used this advice in my last several session. Your awesome girl! I’m hosting a camera workshop this weekend. Sharing my knowledge as well. Spreading the photography love:)

  64. Jenelle Sewell

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Love the explanation for only using available light. Very helpful. Thanks!

  65. Adriana Morett

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information J*, you are really something special =) I love your photography style and though of course it’s not my intention to copy it, it’s more like I’m learning from the experts and then I will apply it in my own way/style.
    Please keep being this fab.

  66. Nicole

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for this. I had a tough shoot with similar light not long ago and chose to change my position with regards to the bright sun. Your method would have saved a lot of the photos that didn’t turn out.

  67. Kathleen

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you once again for sharing your tips with us all! I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one who goes into "red alert" when the lighting is less than ideal.

  68. Danielle Daigle

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for this post!! This made total sense and is definitely going to help me with my natural light photography.

  69. Columbus GA Photographer

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Very helpful and easy to follow. Thanks for taking the time to break down one of your shoots and giving us an idea of where your head was at =)

  70. tricia

    February 23rd, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    thank you for this, i love that you’re forthcoming about everything. others want to tear you (me) down for anything and it’s nice to see someone so positive. Also, if you want a meatloaf recipe hit me up πŸ˜‰

  71. A Story in Time

    February 23rd, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Jasmine, you can’t possibly imagine how grateful I am for someone in the industry like you. I saw you explain this on Creative Live but these images and explanations help sooo much. You are awesome! (May it continue to come back to you ten fold.)

  72. Amy Arrington

    February 23rd, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Awesome as always!

  73. Michael Wachel

    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    What a wonderful post on using natural reflectors! I was recently in the same situation….just completely different! πŸ˜‰

    Mine was bright and sunny with snow everywhere and no shade. Luckily there was a snowy hill that was a HUGE reflector. Photos are located in my blog.

    Again, great post and I will be even more aware of my surroundings!

  74. Jen Rice

    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Fabulous! But….. what about the ones ON the boat where the sun is directly behind them poking through…? πŸ˜‰ So excited to see this post since I had actually asked you about it on one of the boat images. THANKS a ton Jasmine!!!!

  75. anita matejka

    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing your tips on how to look for natural reflectors … it was a great explanation and amazing how you worked with so many barriers to overcome! <3 it!

  76. sarah

    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    i always want to thank you especially for these posts, jasmine. thank you, thank you, thank you for helping the rest of us!!!

  77. Rosa

    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I dont get it. What do you mean by natural reflector? The pavement they are sitting on? Was the big white blob a boat? Is that what you are referring to?

  78. Jamie Solorio

    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Such a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing and the photos that actually showed/labeled the natural reflectors. I agree 100% with not using fill flash and artificial reflectors…I just don’t like em! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

  79. Rudi

    February 23rd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Absolutely not confusing. Thanks again for sharing!

  80. amanda west

    February 23rd, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    i agree with doug. this information is priceless to us who are starting out. your generousity is beautiful and much appreciated!

  81. Andrea Lucero

    February 23rd, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Jasmine…thank you for taking the time to write this post. It’s encouraging and educational. Love it when seasoned photographers share the LOVE.

  82. Lisa Cour

    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    This is SOOO great! Really. You talk about natural reflectors often but to see it so practically like this is so incredibly helpful. Thank you.

  83. Taryn

    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Jasmine, I am always amazed how well you work in situations like this. You really think outside the box and that pushes me to do the same!

  84. Jordan

    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing! NOT confusing, but helpful! I appreciate the tips πŸ™‚

  85. Dayna Mager

    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Hey Jasmine, what were you shooting at? I had a similar issue with a session last week, and it seems like you have the background/ambient light perfect and the light on the couple as well, is this in camera or post-process?

  86. Sharon Manning

    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the follow up post and it’s so refreshing that you share your knowledge with us all.
    Much appreciated.

  87. christina {simply modern}

    February 24th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    this just shows what a hard job you photographers have…that’s why i think you are artists!!

  88. Dawn & Michael Mitchell

    February 24th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    You have done it again, thanks for helping us and inspiring us!

  89. Emily Heizer Photography

    February 24th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    This was great Jazz! I love how you spelled it out and the draw-ins are VERY helpful, we appreciate it! It was great meeting you at the panel the other night- I was the one who told you we had the same law school story. PS: I think it’s time for a Polo update when you get back home! We miss him! :O)

  90. ErikaM

    February 24th, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Top five of my favorite posts by you. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this great tip!!

  91. Sarah

    February 24th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I thought this post was fantastic! The only thing I’m not entirely clear on is the last photo. What was the natural reflector there? The pavement in front of them? Thanks again πŸ™‚

  92. Brent Pennington

    February 24th, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Not confusing at all – in fact, this was a very well explained, very helpful post, and I’m thrilled that you shared it with us all! As a Strobist style photographer, I’m very interested in learning to use natural light better and this was exactly the explanation I’d been hoping for for a while now. It was one of those "d’oh" moments, such a straightforward technique that you used, I’m almost embarrassed that I didn’t figure it out on my own. Thank you for all the great info you share!

  93. Dave Keys

    February 24th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I’m loving it! Natural reflectors are my favorite photography settings. Sometimes they’re harder to find, especially indoors, but I always try, even then, to tweak down the effect of the flash and use any light and reflected light I can get.

  94. Denise Prichett

    February 24th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Jasmine, This is the best tip ever. I really hope that you write a photography book soon. Thanks for teaching! Best wishes!

  95. Brian Kraft

    February 24th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for the tips. I love trying to work in my surroundings in these smart ways. I try get better at it all the time. This is a good reminder to make the best out of what’s around you.

  96. Gingersnap Godness

    February 24th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Dear Jazzie pants, what do you do when the people themselves are a natural reflector?

  97. Brice Lin

    February 24th, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Hey Jasmine,

    You have no idea how helpful this post was to me. I would never have thought to use certain things as natural reflectors. This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!


  98. feuza

    February 24th, 2011 at 6:39 am

    ahh so helpful just wish I can remember all of these things and process naturally while I am on the shoot

  99. Carrie McCluskey

    February 24th, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Love the poses!

  100. Amber Steel

    February 24th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Great post Jasmine! I shoot on docks or boats nearly everyday and its a constant battle to not blow out all that glossy white paint. Gotta love the endless options of natural reflectors on the water when they are working with you!!

  101. Judy Richards

    February 24th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine… the next time I’m out shooting I’m going to make a real effort to look for natural reflectors. You know you could make big money off the knowledge you have yet you share freely. Thank you!

  102. amanda thiessen

    February 24th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    thank you for the help!

  103. Sarah Danaher

    February 25th, 2011 at 2:17 am

    awesome tips, Jas. thanks.

  104. Christa

    February 25th, 2011 at 3:15 am

    What a GREAT post!!

  105. Nina Grace

    February 25th, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Thank you Jasmine for sharing


    February 25th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Thanks Jasmine for the brilliant tips. I always experience similar situation when shooting outdoor.

    Your tips somehow answered my unsolved questions in regard of lighting issue.

  107. Marie Photographie

    February 25th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    So helpful, Jasmine! Thank you!

  108. Erin - Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    February 25th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    This is sweet. I thought that I knew what I was looking for and you totally confirmed it with you examples. thank you

  109. kelsey

    February 26th, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Fabulous tips thank you!

  110. Sarah Rominger

    February 26th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Um, yeah… BRILLIANT! So glad somebody finally put this information out there and added a few visuals along with it πŸ™‚

  111. Jonni

    February 26th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful job Jasmine and thank you for the great explanation.

  112. Jessica Sweeney

    February 26th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Extremely helpful, thank you. I’ve used this advice from you before, and it hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

  113. Amy Clifton

    February 26th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Genius! So simple, yet so smart! Thanks for the tips and the visuals. Would love to see more posts like this, showing the "behind the scenes" tricks. πŸ™‚

  114. Shannon Gray

    February 26th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Love this…Great tips!!

  115. Juli L.

    February 26th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you for this…very helpful to see how to get the light. I always struggle with this and getting that good shade is tough, but seeing your pics helps tons.j

  116. Matthew Evans

    February 27th, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Love your work! Great tips mate.

  117. Lisa Redfern

    February 27th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I love shooting in the shade, and thank you for posting this — very helpful for people to think about positioning and using reflectors out of what is already there.

  118. Christy Cropper

    February 27th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    This really was SO helpful! Lighting for me has been such a struggle. Thank you for breaking it down! Now time to go PRACTICE! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  119. chelo savolini

    February 27th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    That’s incredible Jasmine! how you can always hear my question before I say… I was just thinking about this when I saw these photos the last week. You are Great and I always thank you to share with us your talent!

  120. NAdya

    February 28th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    this is perfect love it, thanks for taking time to explain. sometimes i freak out at lcoations so i need to relax and look at my options lol! These would be great to see more of when you ahve a tough situation

  121. Chanelle

    March 1st, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for this. After seeing you explain this on creative live it has really made a difference to my own shooting and looking for these reflectors. Love how you have shown them off here. Thanks

  122. Craig Ford

    March 10th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, this has got to be one of the best posts I’ve EVER seen. Love it, thanks very much for sharing.

  123. Tim May

    March 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Really helpful. Since reading this i have been a lot more aware of natural reflectors. I still struggle sometimes balancing the couple in the shade with the rest of the scene being so bright. Sometimes its difficult to get the balance just right when using AV as the camera gets a little tricked by either the reltatively dark or light elements of the photo. Great stuff though. Thanks

  124. Sherri

    April 10th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I have just been reading all your posts about light and I feel so blessed that you are willing to share your talents and be a resource to all of us out here who want to better our talents and grow our businesses. God has blessed you with a gift. Thank you for sharing it.

  125. April

    April 11th, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Your explanation was perfect. The words on the pictures helped me understand even better. Thanks Jasmine.

  126. MJGillespie

    May 9th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Love this.

  127. Nick English

    March 23rd, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Lovely example!

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