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Window on Texas: Reflectors

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith sheds light on one of the most useful and easily improvised camera accessories: the reflector.

Window on Texas, October 2012

Reata Restaurant at Fort Worth’s Sundance Square offers cuisine that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. Sit in The Dome—or any of Reata’s dining rooms—and enjoy a menu that includes tenderloin tamales with sundried tomato cream and pecan pesto. Photography Editor Griff Smith used an off-camera flash with a reflector to bounce light onto the food, reducing shadows and highlighting the dish’s appetizing appearance. “It’s a simple technique anyone can use,” Smith says. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy a reflector. You can use your white shirt, a napkin, or a white menu.”

Reata Fort Worth is at 310 Houston St. in Sundance Square. Call 817/336-1009; Reata Restaurant’s original location is in Alpine.

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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