Diffusers and Reflectors
|Lily with Diffuser|
A diffuser is simply a large, white translucent screen that blocks some of the light from the sun hitting your subject. The light hitting your subject becomes much more even and pleasing with no harsh shadows or reflections to mess with your exposure. You can use a white umbrella if you want.
A reflector is simply a large reflective screen. They can be silver, gold, white or even black. These reflectors can be used to redirect light onto your subject. A gold reflector is very useful if you would like to have warmer tones in your photograph.
I bought a diffuser-reflector set that I use all the time for macro photography. It has five reflectors and one diffuser, and it collapses into a small package that fits easily in my camera bag.
|Mushrooms with Diffused and Reflected Light|