The Basics: Reflectors

  • Instructors:
    Drake Busath

    PPA Members:


    In this class, PPA instructor and lighting guru Drake Busath gets back to basics with reflectors! Reflectors are a key to great lighting and a photographer’s best friend – but only if you know what you doing. This course gives you all the fundamentals you need to know about using these great tools!

    First Drake walks you through using a reflector – how and where to position it and the effects you’ll get.

    Next, you’ll learn about the various sizes available – why choose a small versus a large reflector? What do you want to use when shooting a group shot? How about an individual portrait?

    Drake then gets colorful as he discusses the various finishes that are available and what they do. Silver, white, gold and diffused – find out their benefits and their effects, why you should use what you do and how they can make your photos pop!

    Finally, Drake walks you through the styles available as well as some inexpensive options. You’ll even learn how you can make your own 6 ft. x 8 ft. reflector!

    If you haven’t had a course on reflectors or if you just need a refresher, this class is for you. Learn about these invaluable tools right at your fingertips!

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      • Drake Busath


        Drake Busath says he “grew up in a darkroom” as a second generation photographer.  He now owns Busath Studio and Gardens, a vibrant portrait business with five photographers, three of which hold Masters Degrees from Professional Photographers of America.

        His portraits have been the subject of numerous articles in photographic journals, three times on the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine.  Drake has taught portraiture to professional photographers world wide, from Australia and Asia, to Europe and in 35 U.S. states. He’s been a regular platform speaker at Imaging USA.

        Since 1999 Drake has also operated, a photographic village-tour in Italy.  Hundreds of photographers have attended what Drake calls a “personal renaissance” in Tuscany, Umbria, Liguria Coast, Venice, the Lakes District and Val d’Aosta, all regions in northern Italy where he has lived and worked.

        Recognitions include:

        • Masters and Craftsman Degrees from Professional Photographers of America
        • Charter member of XXV, a society of Photographers world wide
        • Numerous Loan Collection (PPA) honors
        • Exhibited in Epcot and the Photographic Hall of Fame
        • Best of State 2010, 2011, 2012 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah
        • PPA National Award

        Drake and his wife Liz are based in Salt Lake City. Two sons, Richard and Bromley Busath currently manage the portrait business.

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