Many of the reflectors available today come with a few different colored panels that can create slightly different results in portrait photography. Compare the looks with this quick educational video.
David Bergman for Adorama goes through a number of different purposes for each reflective panel color, plus how the black side will create negative fill and the less opaque center works as a diffusion panel. The particular reflector Bergman is using is the $99 Westcott 6-in-1 42-inch reflector which features silver, gold, “sunlight” (a mix of both silver and gold), black, and two different strengths of white diffusion. These types of x-in-1 collapsible reflector are super handy to have on hand as they are quite versatile in the ways they can be used.
Reflectors are a great way to harness the power of the sun, but are also just as valuable when artificial lighting is being used to create a more dynamic image with subtle fill opposite of the strobe. What are your own tips when working with the various different color options on reflectors? What’s your go-to panel color? Leave a comment and your own example images below.