Join Top Pro Jim Schmelzer as he uses two different Westcott Reflectors to discuss basic studio lighting fundamentals. During part three of this five part series, Jim explains how to properly use reflectors indoors. The angle of the reflector is very important. To best illuminate a subject with a reflector, the reflector should be held or placed parallel with the light source. To achieve maximum light reflection, often necessary when shooting from a distance, silver reflectors offer the most reflective surface. When shooting close to a subject, white reflectors are often used for a soft light reflection that will not wash out the subject. Placement of the reflector is also key. Proper, attractive lighting is achieved when reflecting light onto the front of the subject’s face. Jim also suggests never using a gold reflector indoors, because this will create inconsistent light temperature by warming shadows.

Jim Schmelzer is an award-winning photographer, lecturer and trainer focusing in high school senior portraits and weddings. He is a Master Craftsman Photographer and holds a Master’s Degree with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. He has also been a technical representative and lighting adviser for F.J. Westcott for over 25 years.

These Westcott Reflectors fold to 1/3 their open size for easy transport and storage. The Illuminator reflectors are offered in a wide variety of colors, combinations, and sizes. The frames are double riveted to last a lifetime and the rectangular shape offers a large surface area. The frames also offer a lifetime warranty.

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