The Basics: Reflectors

Drake Busath M.Photog.Cr.

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 Bio

"Raised in a darkroom," as the son of a photographer, Drake Busath has devoted his life to his craft. Today, Drake and his sons – the 3rd generation of Busaths – manage Busath Studio & Gardens and just celebrated a major milestone, having surpassed the 75,000th mark in unique photo sessions! Busath Studio generates over $1 million a year in portraiture, specializing in families, graduates, children and business portraits.

When Drake is not in his studio, you can find him touring the world as the owner of, which offers photographic tours abroad. Theses tours, which focus on small village and landscape experiences, go throughout regions of Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast. Busath is fluent in Italian and has lived in these areas, so he's the perfect instructor! Drake has recently increased his workshops, offering tours through Nepal, France and the beauty of his native Utah.

Drake is also a sought-after teacher and speaker, having lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He's a charter member of the elite XXV Society, and his work has been featured four times on the cover of Professional Photographer as well as received numerous PPA Loan Collection honors. It's no surprise that Drake has been awarded the PPA National Award for lifetime service, as well as Best of State from 2010-2015 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah. 

Drake Busath is a great example of a photographer's life well-lived, surrounded by a perfect balance of family, colleagues, students and clients!