Reflectors Rocked On My Panama Photo Workshop

Just back from my Panama Photo Workshop. Tons of photo fun! Check out this before-and-after example of the effectiveness of using a single gold reflector. Nuf said.

Check out this behind-the-scenes shot of some of my workshop students (now my good friends) using a reflector to control the light. Nuf said. In this photo, the student (the colonel . . . we all had nicknames) had not yet found the ideal position in which to hold the reflector.

Here is another example of how using a reflector can enhance a photograph. Yup! Nuf said.

Here is the behind-the-scenes view of the "Kuna woman in the window" image.

We were using a Westcott 6-in-1 reflector/diffuser kit, which features:
• a gold reflector, for warm light;
• a sunlight reflector, for a sunlight effect;
• a silver reflector, for a natural light effect;
• two diffusers, to diffuse the light; and
• a black light absorber, to reduce the light.

Info: Westcott 1032 6-in-1 Reflector Kit 42in.

Above is an example of using a reflector and a diffuser in combo.

Some of the students had Pocket Wizards, which are great for off-camera flash photography.

Info:Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 Transceiver For Canon TTL Flashes and Digital SLR Cameras.
Hey! The photo and reflector fun did not stop when the sun went down! One night, after happy hour, we bounced the light from our flashes into a reflector. This technique increased the size of the light source for a soft and pleasing lighting effect.

All of these pictures were taken in the San Blas Islands, Panama. I'd like to thank all the Kuna men and woman who graciously posed for us during our workshop.

And, I'd also like to thank the students. What a great group!! One of my expressions: "The closer you get to the equator, the weather gets warmer . . . and so do the people."

And . . . . I'd really like to thank Tito Herrera, the director of the Panama Photo Workshops (the dude holding the reflector) and his wife, Jamie, for setting up the workshop.

All of my photographs were taken with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-105mm lens. Info: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

Explore the light - and please join me on one of my fun-filled and info-packed photo workshops. I'll be back in Panama for the 2012 Panama Photo Festival. Stay tuned!

At Photoshop World in Orlando, I'll be doing a Canon Speedlite session. Hope you can join the fun!

For more lighting tips, see my Light It! app.

You'll also find lighting info in my books.


Hudson River Photography Workshops Final Day: Studio Shoot

Today at the Hudson River Photography Workshops we had a cool guest instructor, Vered Koshlano, co-author of my Studio and On-Location Lighting Secrets book. In my den, we set up a single Westcott Spiderlite in a soft box and a Westcott reflector (to fill in some of the shadows created by the single light). The exercise: create beautiful studio lighting with a very simple set up.

One of the keys to this type of portrait: don't aim the light directly at the subject. Rather, angle it slightly in front of and away from the subject so that a nice soft and even light illuminates the subject.

Our model was Bella Paula. Vered brought some props, we added some photo know-how, and all the students made great images.

Good fun and learning for all.

Explore the light,

Control the Light

Here's my #1 tip for outdoor portraits: Control the light with a reflector, diffuser or a flash. All of these accessories have something in common: they can reduce the contrast range in the frame, reducing or eliminating harsh and unflattering shadows. A flash and reflector can also add a nice catch light to a subject's eyes.

Check out the top row of pictures. The girl's dad is holding a diffuser (actually from my Light Control Kit) between the sun and his daughter's face. Look at the harsh shadows on his face. Half of it is hidden in a shadow. The other two shots in the top row show the beautiful effect of the diffuser.

The bottom row of pictures illustrates (L to R): No diffuser, diffuser, diffuser/flash.

Control the light and your subject's faces will light up when they see their pictures.

Explore the Light,
P.S. My camera for this shoot? My trusty Canon G10.