Photo: Frederico Martins

Fashion

Light Shaping Tool of the Month: Collapsible Reflectors

07 June, 2017

Written by: Fredrik Franzén

Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools (previous articles can be found here). This month we talk to Portuguese fashion photographer Frederico Martins about our brand new Profoto Reflectors, released only yesterday!

Born and raised by the owner of a clothing store, fashion is not only Frederico Martins profession. It is in his blood. Today, he is an awarded fashion photographer who counts renowned publications such as VogueElleMaxim and GQ among his clients.

Frederico started his career shooting surfers, and ever since, he enjoys using the elements of nature and available light to his advantage. This is also the reason why he prefers working with reflectors.

“Working with reflectors is a more natural approach,” says Frederico. “You can forget about batteries, carrying heavy equipment and adjusting the color temperature. You get a natural look and feel with very little effort.”

Picture: Using the sunsilver side:

Picture: Using the sunsilver side

Picture: Using the white side

Frederico was recently asked to do a cover story for Elle about a solitary girl wandering around the island of Fuerteventura. Knowing that he would be out in the sun on location, Frederico brought a number of different Collapsible Reflectors.

“The Collapsible Reflectors have handles and are sturdier and more rigid than other reflectors I’ve worked with,” says Frederico. “I often shoot on quite windy locations, so rigidness is an important factor. Having so many different textures to choose from is also good.”

The different textures can be used in different ways for creating different effects. So, how did Frederico use them on Fuerteventura?

“The white side reflects the light in a very natural way, so I mostly used it for lighting up and controlling the shadows,” he says. “It’s very straightforward and definitely one of my favorites.”

“The silver side was used when I wanted a strong, slightly underexposed image with let’s say darker skin tones and a deep blue sky. In these cases I placed the reflector quite far from the model, so that I got a low powered yet shiny light that brought life to the darker areas. I also used it in some shots to create the catch light in the model’s eyes.”

“The translucent reflector was used as a diffuser. I put it over the model with the sunlight shining through, which gives you this nice, fresh and soft light. Of course, diffusing the light on the model steps down your exposure and gives you a somewhat brighter background. But that can be a good thing!”

“I didn’t use the black or the gold side on Fuerteventura, but the former is obviously used to flag off light, and the gold side is great when shooting black & white. It gives you these really nice, almost bronzy kind of feel.”

“My personal favorite, however, is the sunsilver side. “It’s not as cold as the silver side and it is not as obvious as the gold side. It’s right in between and I think it’s just perfect. A lot of the beautiful, warm skin tones you see in these pictures were created with the help of that.”

 

See more of Frederico’s stunning images at his website.

Click here to learn more about Profoto’s Collapsible Reflectors.

 

Picture: Using the sunsilver side

 

Picture: Using the white side

 

 

Picture: Using the sunsilver side

 

 

Picture: Using the white side

Picture: Using the white and the black side

 

 

Written by: Fredrik Franzén