Using a Reflector as a Main Light

On this short video Daniel Norton from Adorama demonstrates how to use a reflector as a main light.

We typically don’t consider a reflector as something powerful enough to be used as a main light but in certain situations and given specific looks this can be done as demonstrated by Norton in this video.

So for this video Norton does use a light (strobe in this case) which he raises upwards above the head of the model and use it to light the reflector which bounces the light into her face. Norton shots a side portrait of her and shows how it differs from a previous one he took where the light was coming from the the light itself.

If you don’t have a reflector (which is usually not very expensive – depending on the size/brand) you can make your own DIY reflector – you can find some videos on LensVid here (as well as this simple one).

You can check out many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid as well as more specific lighting tips here.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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