This is part of a series of blog entries written by Jason about the more technical side of Jason Scott Photography.
I recently purchased my first reflector. I found a Photoflex 42" 5-in1 reflector on Craigslist. So far, it has been fun to use and has produced some dramatic results.
In a typical, non reflector, outdoor daytime portrait, I tend to put the subject in the shade and fill with the flash. However, this usually limits my shutter speed to 1/200 sec and gives an f number somewhere between 5.6 and 11.
Using the reflector, I’m able to utilize much wider apertures and higher shutter speeds. These photos (taken at Selby Gardens) were shot wide open at f/1.2 with shutter speeds over 1/1000 of a sec. The bokeh (background blur) is outstanding and the resulting prints have a three dimensional look to them.
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