FAQ : Natural Reflectors, Indoors + Outdoors

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esterday I posted Rachel and Rush's New Mexico wedding, so today I thought I'd share a little more about Natural Reflectors. I mean, sure, I've talked about them before, but every time I host a shoot or engage in an explanation, I realize I might not have done my best to articulate my thoughts fully. In light of this (pun totally inserted here), I thought I'd share a few behind-the-scenes photos JD captured of a couple reflective light sources I employed at the wedding.

Up first is this picture of Rachel getting dressed. Clearly, she's illuminated by light coming from a lower source, but I really like how it hit her from head to toe, in addition to her beautiful mom, Ellen... 50mm F/2.5 1/160 160 ISO


Okay, so a little while later, we noticed that Rachel had something like 1,037 buttons down the back of her dress, and, oh, Jasmine could you help us out? This stuff makes me nervous because I don't know how to tie my shoes properly (no, really, I STILL do the two bunny-ear method), but luckily JD walked in and caught a sneak peek of me in action.

If you notice, this unretouched photo showcases the bright light streaming through the window and hitting the floor. Just a few moments before, I strategically placed Rachel just out of that direct light, but into it's reflected light bouncing up from the floor. That reflected light is what you saw in the first picture.


This is Rachel's bouquet. In this photo, there appears to be a warm-colored light source(s) illuminating the flowers... 100mm Macro IS F/2.8 1/160 160 ISO


In this unretouched photo JD captured (that's the videographer to the right of me), it showcases the natural reflectors I used from the terracotta floor (see that big patch of bright light?!) and wall (just to my left arm).


Hope this sheds a little more light (look, I'm punny!) into how I work and how I find natural reflectors on a wedding day.

Happy Wednesday!
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Anni - So helpful, thank you! Isn't it amazing what natural reflectors can do? Love your examples.   11.06.11 - 7:26pm
Chris Aram - "Punny" lol. Thanks as always for the 411! ":)  11.06.11 - 9:02am
Tara - Are you wearing heels? Your poor doggies must have been barking at the end of the day. But you look awesome as always!  11.06.11 - 5:56am
Frank - I love this! Wedding photo, however beautiful, are for the family and friends. These background stories are for us, phtographers. Thank you so much!  11.04.11 - 2:20pm
Pua - Love this! Such awesome use of natural reflectors!!!  11.04.11 - 12:48am
Pierre Graf - I'm always pleased when you post some tips and tricks about natural reflectors, bounce light and parameters for better photography. Thanks again for this.  11.03.11 - 1:32pm
Hope Easter - You are like me! I always thought I was the weird one for not wanting to use flash like everyone else does. lol. I love natural light! There's just so much to play around with.   11.03.11 - 9:48am
CW - Thanks Jasmine :) I find it hard to use natural light. I must think more like you when it comes to this kind of stuff :)  11.03.11 - 9:07am
tardy - ahh yes. very helpful!  11.03.11 - 8:47am
Adriana Morett - These posts (so helpful and so giving) show just how great and generous you are. I can't thank you enough. F'real. ;)  11.03.11 - 7:54am
MegganB - You're the best. Thanks for always taking the time to share with others even in the midst of your busy day (thanks to JD too!!). <3  11.03.11 - 7:04am
Mireya - You are very punny!! (insert geeky laugh) hahaha   11.02.11 - 9:55pm
Jenn Best - Um... you may be "punny" but your arms are HUGE! Go muscles!  11.02.11 - 9:48pm
drob - Thanks for the great post. Yesterday i was thinking how i wish i could see some of the exif data from your photos. i learn tons from your post. thank you again.  11.02.11 - 9:37pm
Roseville Photographers - Nothing like practical advice, and the accompanying photos of you shooting are very helpful. Thank you and JD!  11.02.11 - 7:01pm
Ansley Braverman - Thanks for the tips. Just bought a book on lighting and began experimenting, so these will come in very handy.  11.02.11 - 7:00pm
Jessica Sweeney - This was really helpful actually! Seeing it in action trumps theory almost every time.   11.02.11 - 5:54pm
kristen dawn - This helped alot, thanks! I really need to start putting my feelers out there and not be intimidated to change my lense. I just feel like I'm always in a RUSH!  11.02.11 - 5:24pm
Ike Wever - Very "illuminating" post on finding light! :)  11.02.11 - 5:10pm
Tonya Lewis - You sure are punny Jasmine! Thanks for this tutorial. A little light went on for me! heeheehee. ;)  11.02.11 - 4:05pm
Dori O'Brien - Great explanations and pics to help!  11.02.11 - 4:01pm
jack - Really appreciate the behind the scenes shots! I really learn a lot from these posts.  11.02.11 - 3:08pm
LEOLAK - You Jasmine...are the BOMB! Thank you!! =)  11.02.11 - 2:15pm
Andrea Paris - Thank you for SHOWING how you use natural reflectors. It totally clicked. You're awesome.  11.02.11 - 2:05pm
John Farrand - Thank you Jasmine. Your continued generosity with sharing your tips is wonderful! Finding the right light for the bride and groom is extremely important... Learned from you.   11.02.11 - 1:41pm
Yuliya M. - Love posts like these! Thank you!  11.02.11 - 1:28pm
Sarah V - PERFECT!! Your explanations are the best! And my soon to be husband also does bunny ears and we had a conversation about it at dinner two nights ago with friends! Love you two!  11.02.11 - 12:27pm
Sachin Khona - Great post Jasmine! :)   11.02.11 - 12:25pm
Lindsay Vallas - Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing informative posts such as this. It helps me to grow so much as a new photographer!  11.02.11 - 12:20pm
Haley - Thanks so much for posting!! I am going to be more aware of this while shooting now! :)  11.02.11 - 11:53am
Sarah B - Love it! Thanks Jasmine! :)  11.02.11 - 11:51am
Wedding photographer devon - A lot of people can get carried away with off camera flash, it's good to remind photographers to use what's available as it's usually much better. :) keep blogging  11.02.11 - 11:43am
Tiffany Tracy - Thanks again you rock!!  11.02.11 - 11:37am
liz snedker - Thank you for sharing and beautifully illustrated - very helpful.  11.02.11 - 11:37am
Jamie - Thank you thank you. GREAT tips and pullbacks!   11.02.11 - 11:35am
Melissa Cramer - I love these types of posts. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learned from you over the past year + of following you. My photography has grown by leaps and bounds. Thank you!  11.02.11 - 11:29am
Rachel Tatem - Thanks for the walk through!  11.02.11 - 11:26am
Anne - Thanks for sharing! And you do awesome with your explanations! Thank you :-)  11.02.11 - 11:14am
Hai Doan - Thank you so much for posts like this!   11.02.11 - 11:09am
Brandon Dykes - I try to use natural reflectors also but to be honest I find myself overwhelmed sometimes. The more weddings I do the easier it comes but I still feel like I am "searching" for the reflectors instead of just using whats around me. Yes I use quotes when they are not needed. Thanks for your post. The info you give here is invaluable. ~Cheers  11.02.11 - 11:08am
Sheila Sim - Jasmine, this is incredibly helpful - thank you so much for posting it. I love how you share so much of your experience :-)  11.02.11 - 11:08am
Rachel Marie Photography - The "helpful" posts are my favorite! Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas. I will definitely be paying more attention to those indoor "natural reflectors"  11.02.11 - 11:06am
Robert Peterson - Love the b-t-s paired with the final image. I always like seeing what random nook or cranny gives life to the perfect light.  11.02.11 - 11:03am
Stacey Klemme - Since the workshop Jasmine, I'm always looking for natural reflectors. Even in my day to day life, not on a shoot, I'm looking! Thank you for this post, it makes perfect sense!!  11.02.11 - 11:02am
Shannon Kate - I love that you think about using the floor as a reflector - I'm used to the roof and the walls, or my shirt or a dress, but not the floor. Amazing how much light you can actually achieve.   11.02.11 - 11:02am
Mindy M - thanks, jasmine.. the natural reflector posts are always so helpful to me and remind me to think outside the box when it comes to light. you rock socks!  11.02.11 - 11:01am
Marina from Dubai - Thank you very much for sharing Jasmine!  11.02.11 - 10:58am
Jodie Lemke - Thank you so much Jasmine! This is totally something that I needed to learn more about. I am looking forward to keeping an eye out and training my eyes to see the natural reflectors. The workshop yesterday opened my eyes. I always saw white walls or the cement but never thought of reflectors like the stone walls. I am excited to put all my new knowledge to work!  11.02.11 - 10:58am
Jeff Kho - Very helpful tips and very punny too =)  11.02.11 - 10:54am
Lydia - For a second I was like, dang she wears heels to a wedding shoot!? Dang she's REALLY into fashion! Then I realized it's a pair of boots...lol Thanks for the great tips! :D  11.02.11 - 10:54am
Kelli Taylor - Love these behind the scenes posts! :)  11.02.11 - 10:54am
Meredith Sledge - This was a GREAT help. Thanks Jasmine!!!!!! Please post about natural reflectors as much as you want. It never gets old and continues to help me understand.  11.02.11 - 10:53am
Laura Kelly - thanks jasmine! we always appreciate your behind the scene posts :)  11.02.11 - 10:52am
Kai - Thanks for sharing your knowledge!  11.02.11 - 10:51am
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