This was also an Instagram post that I think deserves its own blog post. My good friend Robert Hernandez posted a ”behind-the-scenes” image a few days ago featuring a California Sunbounce scrim. I commented that the Sunbounce gear was great and that I have used the silver reflector for many years.

 It is my “go-to” tool to create a “clamshell” lighting scheme for clean, crisp beauty images. My main light is usually a 30”X40” softbox, often with a “Circlemask” on the front, positioned for a “butterfly” lighting style.

My hair lights vary from spots to small or medium “strip” lights (narrow soft boxes).

The image showing the set-up has a set of silver cards on either side of the model. This creates a box of reflected light with fills all around.

The cards also act as “flags” to block the hair light from entering the lens and creating flare. I often use black flags instead of silver for more of a “negative” fill—essentially absorbing light from the sides to create some shadows, or dimensionality, to the image.

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