Howdy... I'm in the process of applying for a Photography Major and am trying to make my best shots. I've thought out an image in my head and think I may need a reflector, but I'm wondering at what distance reflectors are effective? I'd imagine the soft-color is shorter than a non-soft. I'm trying to create a down-town busy feel, with my subject standing sharp and then the surrounding walking people/cars/trains blurred. I'm afraid that with tall buildings nearby, the sun probably being behind them, and my subject facing away from the sun, that I'll have shadows that I might need to get rid of. If I had to take a guess, the camera will probably be about 15-20 feet from my subject. I'll be using a wide angle so I don't think I'll be able to put the reflector very close to the subject, probably just right by the camera. Would I have any luck using a reflector to cast light that far? Maybe the available lighting and possible shadows will look okay, but I just want to be prepared for anything when I actually get to doing the picture. Something I just thought of.... since I'll be taking more than one picture and masking them together to get the sharp/blurred contrast, perhaps I could put the reflector close to the subject to get the lighting I want and then just mask it out? Anyway, I'd appreciate any ideas/input... you guys have been a wealth of information for me already and I am grateful for it!