08. Reflectors and flags

Reflectors are often overlooked as lighting accessories, but you shouldn’t underestimate the power of them when it comes to your photography. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, making them a versatile tool suited to studio and location work.

In this photography class Karl guides you through a number of different reflectors, from the standard pop-open reflectors to some of his home-made ones, and provides visual examples of where and how they can be used.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Using reflectors to add light to an image
  • Using flags to create shadow
  • How and when to use negative fill
  • The most useful reflectors for different genres of photography
  • Visual examples of how reflectors and flags can be used

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. What sort of locations can you find that polished metal sheeting? I cant seem to find it in common hardware stores here in Canada. I rather like the look of it for a stage floor on product photos. Great video and I really enjoy seeing what other photographers create for custom lighting setups and workflows.

    1. Hi Jason, if you can’t find it at your hardware store, check with your local metal workshops or signmakers. Cheers Karl.

  2. Hi Karl,
    I have some spare cardboard sheets at home, and I wonder if I could use those instead of foam board as an alternative? Or would it not be as effective?

    1. Hi Maha, iof they are white then they will work as reflectors, the thing I like about foamboard is it is stiff and light weight.

  3. Ok, I’ll stop watching your videos. After every video, I end up buying something more to my studio 🙂

    Jokes aside, the I didn’t even know about the foam board yet it’s pretty convenient to use for a lightweight v-flat. So many great tips, thanks!!

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