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Shadow boards are simply a device, like a card, painted black to absorb light and are used to deflect light away from areas of the subject or the studio environment the photographer does not want light to reach. If a board with some flexibility like a thin sheet of polystyrene foam is used it can be bent to direct the light in the manner the photographer desires.

Reflector boards on the other hand are painted white or covered with foil and used to reflect light onto the subject. Sometimes these can be coloured to reflect a certain colour into areas of the subject. For instance, fashion photographers have often used reflector boards coloured pink to add life to the face of a model.

Both shadow and reflector boards can be attached with clamps or duck tape to a stand and it is an advantage have them made from light materials.

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