For a long time I wanted to share this simple idea. I have to say it is not something I invented - it was probably created long long time ago by some very creative people. I call it hole in the reflector.
Thinking how to simplify best light solution for portraits photography, especially head shots, I came across this simple idea of cutting the rectangle in my big 5 in 1 reflector. There are hundreds of portrait light modifiers, I thought, but surely this is the simplest and the best lighting by far. At first, I was very sceptical about cutting the hole in the £10 reflector but after lots of thinking I went for it and never regretted it, even for one second. Yes, I ended up with the reflector which has a big hole in the middle, but after seeing the final results from our test session, I can highly recommend this way of lighting your subjects.
Look at the images below to compare the results. All the images are raw - no photoshop involved. Let me know if you like it and please share with me your results.
On this occasion, I would like to thank my friend photographer Jo ( from: http://www.joforrestphotographer.com ) and lovely model Harriet.
First image shows Harriet without involving reflector:
Picture below - Harriet with a white side reflector shoot through.
Gold side of the reflector:
And the last one, silver side of the reflector:
As you can see we don't need to buy an expensive lighting modifiers. It is enough to buy just a big 5 in 1 reflector and cut the hole in it. Simple and very effective way of taking great images in no time. Hope you like the idea.
On the last note just wanted to share this extra image from our testing session. Please stay tuned for more ideas which I hope to post soon.