Quick Tip 1: Reflectors

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

- This series of posts aims to help small business owners take better photos, themselves -


In these quick posts I’ll be sharing some photo tips and the reality behind some of my photos - to show you how taking great photos is not about fancy studios, the best cameras or incredible talent. It's a lot about knowing how light works & understanding the magic.




This shot was taken in a tiny dark room, full of stuff, with one small window for natural light. The magic here is my favourite photographer's secret: simply using a polystyrene board to reflect light into the shot. It makes ALL the difference. ⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With Food photography you want to keep things natural, so one main light source is a good place to start. (One sun = one main light.) But the shadows would be way to dark for this shot, because the main light is behind the cup of coffee and I really wanted to keep things light and crisp.


Solution - placing a white board opposite the window - right under the camera- to reflect light into the shadows. It’s magic! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

⠀⠀ Does this help? Have you used reflective boards?


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