Light reflectors are great for outdoor portraits. The gold reflector is even better for early morning and late evening photo shoots. The gold reflector reflects a warm golden tone on your subject and does wonders for skin tones. A gold reflector can even take your flash and convert it to a warm tone. Reflectors are mainly used to fill in the shadows depending on your lighting situations. No matter how you take photographs on location you will only have one source of light, the sun. Depending on the direction of the light you will have shadows on one side of your subject. The reflector is used to lighten the dark shadows on the opposite side of your subject.
Gold reflectors like all other reflectors, they all come in different sizes and shapes. The shapes can concentrate light on a specific area or flood your subject with light. During evening shoots you can use a gold reflector to enhance the color of your subject skin. The gold light makes your subject look healthier because of the warm tone. When you have a subject with pale skin it is very advisable to use a gold reflector over a white or silver reflector.
The use of a small round reflector is mostly used for specific areas usually small areas such as the face.
A triangular reflector can be use for a wedding shoot, the smaller part will cover the head of your subject while the wider portion will cover the dress.
A large rectangular reflector can be used for groups or to flood your subject with a warm even tone.
SHAPES and SIZES
There are many types of shapes for reflectors.
Circular, Rectangular, Triangle, Ovaland even Octagonal. The shape of a reflector realy has nothing to do with the overall outcome of the photograph. The shape is really just a personal preference on the behalf of the photographer. Some would prefer a circular reflector because it easy to carry, but so are the triangular and rectangular reflectors, the all fold in to a small carrying bag.
What is important about a reflector is the size. The size determines how much light is reflected on you subject. For a warm tone on a bikini model it is best to have a large reflector. Most photographers may prefer a large rectangular reflector to ensure the entire body is bathed in the warm light, this can help with skin tones but often may screw with the color balance of clothing. For more direct lighting a smaller reflector should be used to concentrate the light on the face and parts of the arms if they are showing.
Main reflector light
Since we already know that the gold reflcetor warms the skin tone, we can now find ways to use multiple reflectors as light sources.
A simple set up which occurs more often than many others, where your subject’s back is toward the sun and you are facing the sun. In this set up you may run the risk of lens flare, not all of your clients may understand nor accept this creative technique so you have to avoid it at all cost.
To complete your lighting set up use a fairly large reflector directly opposite the light of the sun. This reflector will be your main light and it now makes the sun a back or hair light. This set up alone will add much more light on your subject, other wise you would have to over expose your background to get a workable photo of your client. While this set up alone i acceptable you can take it one step further. The one reflector will no doubt cast some interesting shadows on the other side of your clients body or face, thus the use of another reflector to soften these shadows may be needed depending on what your going for. For your fill reflector simply place it further away from your subject than the main reflector. You now have a three light set up, the sun as a back light that supplies your main reflector with light and a fill reflector to soften the shadows.
Set your exposure for your client and the background should be well with in normal exposure. Enjoy your new gold reflector technique.