One of my favorite tools for shooting in the house when not having a lot of light to illuminate my subject is to use a foam board. These are basic boards you can find at any craft store. I like the one that are a tri-fold. This allows the board to stand on its own so I don’t have to hold it like a regular reflector. This is helpful when photographing younger children and you need your hands free to either quickly grab your child or to hold a toy to get your child engaged. Here is an example with my cute little man as a model. He is placed about 4 feet from a sliding glass door camera right. In the photo with the foam board, the board is placed about 3 feet camera left. These are SOOC and shot with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 35mm 1.4.
The effect is soft and helps soften the shadows on him as well as brighten the rug he is laying on. I like them both and would definitely edit both. I like how the shadows on the non-board play to his facial expression and how using the foam board in the second shot boost the lighting to help give off the happy mood he is showing. I hope you try out this fun tip and if you do make sure to post your photo to Facebook so we can see!