How to Use a 5-in-1 Reflector On Location for Portrait Photography

One of the most frequently used accessories in photography is the reflector. Reflectors come in various shapes and sizes but the most common one is the circular reflector. These specific reflectors usually have multiple sides that can help you reflect or block the light in several ways. Reflectors are quite simple to use, however there´s a little trick to getting them to work for you the way you want them to therefor I decided to create a video tutorial on "How to use a 5-in-1 reflector".

Most reflectors usually come with a white and silver side but the 5-in-1 reflector (my favorite) comes with a white, a silver, a black, a gold side and it also has a scrim. The white reflector will help you bounce light in a more softer way when compared to the silver which will produce a much stronger and contrasted reflection. The gold side will do the same, however it adds warmth to the scene. It´s important that when you use either the silver or gold side of your reflector, that you consider the amount of light that is being reflected to your subject because it may be too strong and it would then result unflattering. Consider stepping back just a few steps to reduce the intensity. If that isn´t enough, then switch back to the white side. 

In the video, I demonstrate the difference between using each of the different sides of the reflector in different scenarios that range from an open shade area to an open field with direct sun. 

Don´t forget that even though you are using a reflector, you still have to pay close attention to the direction of the light. Take a look at this video tutorial that I made a couple of months ago on Facial Lighting Patterns.

Take a look at this Behind the Lens video and feel free to comment below. Also, if you have a question that you would like for me to cover in a video, please let me know!

I hope you all enjoy it!