The exercise is designed to show the effect of using a reflector.
The set up was as follows:-
Light source was a Bowens moonlight (see previous post) with curtains closed reflector (when used at right angles, and to the right of the subject.
As it turned out I didn’t think the series of shots with this arrangement worked to well so I altered it slightly to improve the shadow content so to speak. I also used a black reflector for the first two shots in this series as the white walls were reflecting too much:-
With diffuser. Note how the ridges in the cigarette case on the right are better defined.
White card/reflector three foot to the left from subject. Some detail on the tobacco tin on the left becoming apparent.
White card about eighteen inches to the right from subject. A bit more detail now discernible.
Matt silver reflector three foot to the left of subject. Better lighting, though not perfect, on the tobacco tin.
Matt silver reflector eighteen inches to the left of subject. Again an improvement in the lighting, though still not perfect its a bit clearer as to the detail on the tin.
Crumpled silver paper three foot to the left of subjects giving a more even spread of light.
Crumpled silver paper eighteen inches to the left of subjects Compared to the previous shot there is not so much of a difference in the lighting due to nearness. I can only hypothesize but as the crumpling scatters the reflected light at all angles moving loser does not mean the light is necessarily more concentrated on the subject.
I also tried a gold reflector (to stand in for the bright silver paper) – this is at three foot from the subject.
Gold reflector at eighteen inches from subject gives a nice warm fill in effect on the tobacco tin.
The exercise then asks for the shots to be placed in order of strength of contrast and I would list them (strongest first) as shown below:-
Diffuser no reflector
White card reflector three foot away
White card reflector eighteen inches away
Gold reflector three feet away.
Matt silver reflector three feet away
Crumpled silver reflector three feet away
Crumpled silver reflector eighteen inches away
Matt silver reflector eighteen inches away
Gold reflector eighteen inches away
Interesting exercise in that it shows the reflective power (or lack thereof) of different colour surfaces/materials. What was fascinating is how crumpling up the silver foil dramatically reduces its reflective power.