Quick Photography Tip: DIY Reflector

Since good photos are such an important aspect of selling products online, I wanted to share a quick tip I sometimes use for my product photography. If you’ve ever seen a photographer shooting on locations, he/she is most likely carrying around a huge reflector disc with them. Reflectors are used to put fill light on to your subject. This helps create less harshness in the shadows. They are also helpful in low light situations. This tutorial takes about a minute and can make a huge difference in your product photography.
What you’ll need:
Foil
Tape
Cardboard
Now how do you use it? You want to point your reflector towards the main light source to direct that light back at the product. Keep your eyes on your product as you move the reflector around to find the right angle. You should be able to see the changes in your product when the reflected light hits it. When I find the right position for my reflector I prop it up (I used a candle!) and start to shoot.
What do you think? Can you see the difference?
18 Comments
  1. Gina 3 years ago

    This is so simple – must try it….

  2. saturated canary 3 years ago

    awesome! thanks for the tip!! xx

  3. Hug 3 years ago

    thank you!!
    what a great idea!
    totally gonna use this!

  4. BeadsAndBarnacles 3 years ago

    Ah brilliant I try to use a desk lamp to fill in the light but this might just do the trick a little better 😀

  5. Ly 3 years ago

    OH it’s such a subtle differences but I love it! Thanks for the tip girl :)

    http://www.lyzhang.com

  6. Jackie 3 years ago

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  7. Chrissy 3 years ago

    This is awesome! I will definitely try this! Thank you! xxx

  8. Gina Palha 3 years ago

    Loved this idea and I am going to try! Thank you for sharing!

  9. mistergandme 3 years ago

    great tutorial! thanks :)

  10. Amanda 3 years ago

    Great idea! I am going to give it a try next time I take photos!

  11. V.V. Gonz 3 years ago

    great trick I must try it!

  12. Claire Donovan 3 years ago

    Hey.. thats a great idea for sharing but cardboard painted with white acrylic or poster board is actually better. The poster board has a slight sheen on it and is less harsh that silver paper. ^_^ A trick i learnt in my degree so many years ago

  13. Claire Donovan 3 years ago

    oops than* tin foil.

  14. Misseblog 3 years ago

    Amazing, going to try it :) xx

  15. rachel0 3 years ago

    OMG you are a genius–that is fantastic! Thank you!!!

  16. Joyce Dickens 3 years ago

    Great tip and easy quick fix…thanks!

  17. Micha 3 years ago

    Love this! I need all the help I can get living in the PacNW.

  18. Marilyn Clark 2 years ago

    This is GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing such a great solution to lighting problems!

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