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One of the difficulties of shooting outdoors is that the light is not always ideal. In this lesson we will explore the use of reflective panels to modify the natural light that is available while shooting bridal portraits on location. The purpose of using the reflectors is to create beautiful lighting easily and quickly. You can use a built-in camera flash, but in many cases the portrait will look too artificially lit. The lesson also features tips for posing, working with brides of different complexions and making your shoot time more efficient.

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Topics Covered:

  • Choosing the Right Outdoor Location
  • Reflector Set-up
  • White Balance and Metering
  • Posing
  • Translucent Panel in Direct Sunlight
  • Reflector Panels in Direct Sunlight
  • Black Panels in Shade-Subtractive Lighting

Equipment Used:


  • Adobe® Photoshop® CS3
  • Compact Flash Card
  • Digital camera with manual function capability
  • Digital SLR camera
  • iView Media Pro 3
  • Manfrotto 3265 Pistol Grip Head
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Canon EOS Mark III 1D Camera with 70-200 f2.8 L lens
  • Sekonic L358 Light Meter


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