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DIY Reflector – Wear a White T-Shirt

White-T-ShirtYesterday I was chatting to a photographer and the conversation got on to using reflectors to light portrait subjects.

While he uses reflectors he shared that at times when he’s shooting in locations where a reflector is not possible he’ll wear a white T-Shirt and use his body as a reflector.

The key is to position yourself close enough to your portrait and with the sun shining on you in such a way that the T-Shirt reflects light back up on your subject.

I must have looked a little doubtful as he told me this but he assured me that it actually works and has the added bonus of not having a large setup which can overwhelm your subject and make them feel uncomfortable.

Bonus White T-Shirt Tip: he went on to share with me another white T-shirt tip. When shooting with a flash and wanting to diffuse it’s impact he often bounces the flash off himself. This way the light is indirect upon his subject – but the light of the flash remains a white natural light – rather than bouncing it off a colored surface.

What would have known that a white T-Shirt could be such a useful photography accessory.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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