Reflectors are essential if you are using sunlight as your primary light source. When using the sun as a background light, you must use soft reflectors or the "soft" side of hard reflectors to avoid them from appearing too strong as a point light in daylight. Position the actors in the sun so that the sun's rays come down from their 10:30 position. Place the reflectors at an angle 4:30 in front of the actors, high enough to reflect sunlight into their eyes and not strong enough to make them dizzy. If you need a softer white light, use a white soft reflector. If you need a little sparkle, use a silver reflector. If you want to add a certain warm tone to the actor's face or body, use a gold diffuser. To soften all of the above, you can use the following combinations of reflectors, white/gold, white/silver, silver/black, and silver/gold. When a surface has a color, the reason is that it reflects the color into your eyes. Using this idea, you can use blue reflectors to make your actors look more chilled out, or red reflectors to make them look warmer. Understanding the properties of color allows you to more effectively create the effect you want during scene creation. If you need to use sunlight but your actor needs to be in shadow for the scene or background, don't panic. No need to lift out bulky HMI lights or drag out 500 feet of powerful cables, just use a hard silver or gold reflector to bounce the light into the scene to get the effect you need. In general, you should not use hard reflectors as main or scene lights. When using a hard reflector, you are creating a sun-like light source up close, and looking at that reflector is the same as looking directly at the sun! Use a hard reflector to reflect sunlight onto a soft reflector, use a soft reflector Reflect the sunlight on the actor again. The beam of sunlight is straight, so if you use a reflector to reflect it, they will be reflected directly at opposite angles. If sunlight hits the reflector at a 45-degree angle, it will leave the reflector at a 135-degree angle. This rule is very effective when you want to illuminate a shade tree in a park or a shady spot in a city. The only time you use a hard reflector directly on a character is when the reflector is very far away from the character or when the sunlight should be very weak due to weather conditions. There's one more thing you should be aware of when using daylight - it's constantly moving. In fact, if your recording time is more than a few minutes, you should have someone adjust your reflector position. Make sure you take this into consideration when configuring your reflectors and when framing your script. Early mornings and early evenings will provide your ideal natural light source, but a well-placed gold reflector can effectively extend this period, provided you keep an eye on the angle of the reflectors and adjust them to the changing order of the sun.