As such, professional photographers and hobbyists alike invest in a reflector to amplify the beauty of the image. Reflectors can either diffuse, bounce or flag both natural and artificial light. They are often a photographer’s best solution when outdoor lighting is dimmed with grey clouds or if a flashgun hits the subject with excessive direct lighting.
In short: reflectors help to reduce the contrast between an image’s shadows and highlights by reflecting soft light onto the darker portions of your photograph (diffusion), bouncing existing ambient/natural light into harsh shadow areas on your subject(bouncing), or blocking some of that same ambient/natural light from hitting certain parts of it in order to create brighter spots elsewhere (flagging). For more information, see our article on how to use a reflector.
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