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What does a black reflector do?

I'm familiar with using white / silver / gold reflectors to add fill light to a photo. When would you use a black "reflector"?
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What lighting effects do the various surfaces of a 5-way reflector produce?

I have a '5 Way Reflector' that I want to use in my photography, which includes the following 5 options: Gold reflective Silver reflective Gold/silver alternating pattern reflective White ...
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What cheap equipment can I use to hold a reflector in place?

Assuming I don't have any friend that help with my photography, what can I do to hold a reflector in position while I shoot? Let's assume that if I'm cheap enough to use a windshield sunshade as a ...
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How can I tell if a reflector is pure white?

I want to use a piece of fabric as an inexpensive reflector. Is there any way to find out if it is pure white, so that I can be sure it will not add a colour cast to the light it reflects?
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Who was the first to introduce a beauty dish?

Who and when first introduced or used a beauty dish? Also known as a softlight reflector. There's a lot of articles on the net on how to use a beauty dish, and on how it is important for fashion and ...
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How can I use a reflector for wider group shots?

I am a budding photographer and have taken some good one-person and couple photos but I am needing help using a reflector. I am shooting a family of 3 in a week. It will be outdoors but mostly in ...
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What lighting equipment to purchase for under $50?

I'm an enthusiastic beginner with Canon 550D, shooting both stills and videos, indoors and outdoors. My biggest problem is strong shades and insufficient light when photographing people. I figured ...
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Is there any type of cloth that reflects light well?

I like to have V-Flats on location but I have a small sedan car, also wind can throw them away, and also they are not easy to fold and carry around. I was thinking: if I go to a fabric store and buy ...
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What is the difference between Prophoto's Zoom Reflector and Wide Zoom reflector?

On Profoto Zoom Reflector page, it says Light spread: 105° at position 10, and in Wide Zoom Reflector page It says 80° at position 10. So isn't 105 degrees wider than 80 degrees? Then why the other ...
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Untwist a foldable background

I have a big foldable black and white background whose shape is twisted (nothing done special to have this). So now it do not stay flat when expanded, it do a shape something like starting an 8. I ...