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How to Use Your Reflector When Filming in Tough Outdoor Environments

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As a filmmaker, you know how important it is to get your lighting right, but this can only really come from a good understanding of how light works. Knowing what you want to achieve is half the battle.

Filmmakers and photographers usually rely on reflectors at some stage. They allow you to fill and control light on a subject, giving you more flexibility when shooting in difficult environments.

Using a reflector to create a second, or softer light source by redirecting the light is an important and useful skill. In this lesson we’ll look at how to use both sides of your reflector, how to fill light with it, and how to position the reflector to get the required result.

If you found this video useful, then check out the full course: Environmental Lighting for Video. You'll find fourteen more video lessons just like this one, each detailing lighting questions and issues you may have when making your video. You'll learn how to work with reflectors and diffusers, and how to handle potential problems like direct sunlight. The course also details various lighting setups and helps you create your own tools.

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