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sandman22 wrote: Hi everyone I am trying to learn new lighting techniques. This is probably a silly question but what is the process/technique to using a reflecor?
It's not a silly question at all, it's a very good question, because while there is a wealth of imformation floating around (not all of it good) on how to use flash, there's not a lot on using reflectors, other than the reflector-makers' Web sites and brochures.
In addition to what Peter Figen said above, key points are the type of light you're reflecting (sun versus artificial), the size of the reflector and the distance from the subject (relative size affects the character of the light and shadow), and so on.
Other factors that will inform the discussion are whether you're wanting to use the reflector(s) indoors or outdoors, alone or in combination with flash/strobe(s), etc.
The best advice I can offer is to make a mid-sized reflector (say, 24" X 36") of cardboard or Fomecore, and cover it with aluminum foil on one side and white fabric on the other. Then set up a subject like a statue/mannequin or a still life like a bowl of fruit -- anything with complex curves and areas that will be shaded -- and practice using window light and your reflector to see how the different surfaces and different placements will affect the look of your subject.
Once you have a feel for how it all works you'll be in a better position to decide what you might want to buy, and you'll have more specific questions that we can discuss.