Adding a fill light reflector

Last week I headed over to Tackley in Oxfordshire for a quick shoot with Emma. I was creating some new pictures for my Speedlite workshops that I deliver for EOS Training Academy.

Part of the shoot was in the old Pigeon House, built in 1616. The top floor of this building is used as a space for photography during my Speedlite workshops.

Behind the scenes to show the set up

fill light reflector

Behind the scenes

I put two Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes into a large Lastolite Ezybox II and positioned it to the left side of the frame, pointed down to the leather chair where Emma was gracefully reclining. I’ll consider this a single light example, since I’ve got both flashes in the same softbox doing the same thing.

First shots showed the light to look lovely (pic 1), but the shadows a bit too dark for my liking.

fill light reflector

(pic 1) no fill

Fill light reflector

To bounce a bit of fill light back in to the scene I used a large Lastolite reflector. Placing the striped gold side to lift the light back towards Emma. As a folding chair was handy I just propped the reflector on it as you can see in the behind the scenes shot.

Adding the fill reflector bounces a bunch more light back towards Emma. If you look at the behind the scenes picture above you may notice that I have the Ezybox angled in front of the chair. I’m just using the edge of the light to light Emma, and so there’s plenty of light to reflect back in to my scene.

fill light reflector

(pic 2) with fill

With the light filling from the floor the results improved, since the shadows were now being lit with a warm soft light. You should see this on the right hand side of the chair, the arm gets a warmer light with the reflector, but all the shadows get a lift too.