What is the difference between a diffuser and a reflector?

Unlike the reflector, the diffuser should be placed on the same side of the subject to the light source, between the light source and the subject. Not all the rays will make it through; the diffuser will block some. Also, the rays will be slightly scattered by the surface of the diffuser, producing a more even light.

How do you use a flash diffuser reflector?

When using a flash diffuser, it’s best to point the external flash unit at an angle (and not directly at the subject) so that you can bounce the light off of a somewhat reflective surface—like a white ceiling, a nearby wall, or perhaps a reflector.

Is flash diffuser necessary?

A bare flash can be used to create drama and drown out the background light. But diffusers can help the strobe seamlessly blend with the rest of the scene for a more natural look. If you want to add a bit of light, contrast, fill light, or catchlights, then diffusers are essential accessories.

What can be used as a diffuser for photography?

Use a pillowcase. A white pillowcase also works as a light diffuser. The fabric is usually thin enough to let some light through, while also keeping the light soft and natural. A white t-shirt can also come in handy (different colors of t-shirts can help adjust the light temperature).

What is a reflector used for in photography?

In photography and cinematography, a reflector is an improvised or specialised reflective surface used to redirect light towards a given subject or scene.

When should I use an external flash?

An external flash provides superior control over the lighting and exposure of the subject in low light (and even in bright light where you need to fill-flash) situations.

How can I make my flash look good in pictures?

Flash Photography Tips

  1. Bounce the Light.
  2. Diffuse Your Flash.
  3. Make Use of Ambient Light.
  4. Use Colored Flash Gels.
  5. Use TTL Technology.
  6. Enable High-Speed Flash Sync.
  7. Use More Than One Flash.

What size photography reflector is best?

Photography Reflector Sizes Reflectors that measure at least 30” (80 cm) are a good fit when it comes to taking headshots or three-quarter-length portraits. Reflectors with sizes smaller than 30” are best used for close-ups and small product photography.