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How to use natural light sources at home to get some interesting lighting for your photos – 3

Tip 756 (Using paper for extra light): When you don’t have the reflectors for the purpose of filling in light, you can consider using some makeshift reflectors from sheets of paper. When you need to get some light on any side of a subject that is slightly deficient in light, you can take a big sheet of white paper and hold it next to the side of the subject where you need light.

Tip 757 (Using walls as light reflectors): Walls inside any structure can stand in for being good reflectors, subject to their color. Light colored walls are good reflectors, while walls with darker colors cannot reflect as easily. If you need one side of your subject to be lighted, put it such that it is next to a white wall in a room with good light, and you will be surprised at the result.

Tip 758 (Using aluminium foil): Aluminium foil serves as a good reflector, just be sure that you are not using the shiny side, rather use the dull side since that proves a better way of ensuring an even coverage of light (the shiny side can result in strong reflections and can be distracting)

Tip 759 (Using mirrors as reflectors): Using mirrors as reflectors can be a bit tricky, since they tend to be such effective reflectors of light, and getting an even coverage of light can be a bit difficult; however, a bit of practice can lead to good reflections.

Tip 760 (Using white colored clothing): This may seem like a more radical option, but when used carefully, even white colored clothing (especially with people wearing white colored T-shirts), can lead to enough reflection of light that your purpose of getting adequate lighting is accomplished.

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