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Craig Salmond

Black Reflectors

I've seen some amazing pictures taken using some Canon 580EX Speedlights that were reflected off some black reflector panels (the pictures were in the latest Canon EOS brochure). I believe that you can buy black umbrellas for flashes, and I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what the advantages of firing the flash against the black reflectors are. Anyone know?

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7/18/2005 3:26:39 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Sure you're describing accurately what you saw. Black reflectors are usually for preventing light from reflecting back, such as when there's a nearby wall and you want that side to keep a shadow. Or to block light. Or for chromed, shiny objects to give the edges a definition from the background.
Umbrellas have a black cover because they are a little bit translucent. A black reflector would only reflect if it were made of a shiny material. Usuable if you needed only a very small amount of fill light bounced back.

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7/18/2005 10:01:53 PM

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