Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop: Using the Reflector as a Gobo or Scrim
In the previous tutorials, we’ve discussed using a reflector as a main light and getting the perfect fill light while using a reflector. In this tutorial, we’ll focus on the third primary technique for how we use reflectors, Using the Reflector as a Scrim.
There are many instances where a photographer will need to sheer or block direct light. The most common situation in Natural Light Couples Photography is blocking spotty shadows on your subject’s faces when shooting beneath trees by using the reflector as a gobo. Also, if you are shooting in an open area with no shade, you can reduce the harshness of the direct light all by using a reflector.
In this tutorial, we use the Westcott 5 in 1 Reflector, which can be found on Amazon for around $40.
USING THE REFLECTOR AS A SCRIM
When you are shooting your subject in direct sunlight, often times you’ll need to reduce the amount of harsh, direct light. A scrim will still allow light in, but will remove the harshness. You’ll need to use the semi transparent scrim found in the Westcott 5 in 1 Reflector kit. Position your assistant with the scrim between your subject and the light. This scrim is also useful in blocking the little bits of light peeking from through the trees or to create shade on your subjects.
USING THE REFLECTOR AS A ‘GOBO’ (OR GO BETWEEN OBJECT)
When you need to completely block the light, use the reflector as a ‘go between object’ or ‘Gobo.’ Using the black side of the reflector, position your assistant with the reflector between your subject and the light you are trying to block. This will create complete shade in any situation.