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Women, I am told, have brains, but for some reason do not use them.
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In other news, does anyone else ever get their significant others to basically 'volunteer to lend out your backup body' so their brother's girlfriend can 'try out' a dslr? And then she tries to give me the business when I tell her 'uh, I'm potentially selling it while I can get decent money for it'.
throw a nice lens on there on it and tell her she can borrow it but if you break it thats a 1700 dollar lens on a 2600 dollar body.....that usually gets them off my back about using my gear....
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Not that I doubt you or anything, i'm always eager to learn. But do you have any examples? I've seen quite a few lately with that reflector and they look far better to me than with any other colour.

What would you suggest? Just white? Or use a flash with a diffuser off camera?
Search google images for "gold reflector." It either has no visible effect or it makes the person looks jaundice.

Natural light almost always looks best for portraiture, so I'd go with silver. A flash with a diffuser, set at a low setting also helps to remove shadows, but make sure it isn't overwhelming.
 
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Yeah, I really should have been like 'sure. She cuts me a check for $1500, she can use whatever gear she wants. If I get my gear back in the same condition, she can have her check back'. That way, when they say 'oh, they wont break it', I say 'great, then it shouldn't be a problem to give me a check'.
Exactly. People think you're being a prick when you do that but really all you're doing is covering your backside.
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Women, I am told, have brains, but for some reason do not use them.
aaaaaand sigged.

I have no problem teaching someone how to shoot on a DSLR... but loaning gear out w/o me there to say 'omg what are you doing, dont sit on that lens, who are you, dudemanppl?!'
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Search google images for "gold reflector." It either has no visible effect or it makes the person looks jaundice.

Natural light almost always looks best for portraiture, so I'd go with silver. A flash with a diffuser, set at a low setting also helps to remove shadows, but make sure it isn't overwhelming.
I can't stand portraits with balanced light from all angles. It might just be personal preference but I like it to look almost natural. The only time i'd use flash on a portrait is just to draw some detail back from the shadow.

I searched google and flickr for gold reflectors. You're right, there are some Terrible examples, and some quite good ones.

I'll probably get a silver/gold/white kit anyway, and only use it to bounce natural light. Not flash.
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I can't stand portraits with balanced light from all angles. It might just be personal preference but I like it to look almost natural. The only time i'd use flash on a portrait is just to draw some detail back from the shadow.
Hence why I said not to make it overwhelming. Without it, portraits taken during midday will have extremely harsh shadows. The point of the flash is to reduce them.

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I searched google and flickr for gold reflectors. You're right, there are some Terrible examples, and some quite good ones.

I'll probably get a silver/gold/white kit anyway, and only use it to bounce natural light. Not flash.
That "quite good" one you posted looks awful to me. It looks like she has hepatitis or something, lol. I guess it's subjective, but I really wouldn't want anyone taking pictures of me that look like that.
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oof... sorry to hear that Sub.

In other news, does anyone else ever get their significant others to basically 'volunteer to lend out your backup body' so their brother's girlfriend can 'try out' a dslr? And then she tries to give me the business when I tell her 'uh, I'm potentially selling it while I can get decent money for it'.
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Yes this is tricky. My situation wasn't with a significant other, rather it was just simply a friend, but she basically told her brother that he could use my T2i for a weekend. I told her well maybe, but what if he drops it/breaks it? He gonna pay up? She keeps telling me "oh he won't break it." That's not what I asked! It ended up being a big brawl over nothing. My camera. My rules. Not his.
Screw that. There are a select few people I would loan my DSLR, but I know for a fact that they're good for it if they break it.

And my wife knows better than to "volunteer" my gear.

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What's the general consensus on reflectors? I'm thinking about picking up a white/silver 32" for $30. I saw gold for that price too but I dunno. It's going to be used 99% of the time for portrait work...
They're a pain to drag around, but worth it. I did an engagement shoot with a set of Westcott reflectors. Only used the white and silver discs.

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Search google images for "gold reflector." It either has no visible effect or it makes the person looks jaundice.

Natural light almost always looks best for portraiture, so I'd go with silver. A flash with a diffuser, set at a low setting also helps to remove shadows, but make sure it isn't overwhelming.
Silver is usually too reflective I find. The matte white discs work well even in bright sunlight.
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Birds are really hard to photograph... I couldn't get close enough with my 55-200 VR.
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Birds are really hard to photograph... I couldn't get close enough with my 55-200 VR.
Bird blind.
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