A&P Need a reflector, anyone have suggestions?

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  1. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    Preferably one that won't fall apart after the first use.
     
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    there are a bunch on ebay but those will probably fall apart unless someone has experiance to the counter.
     
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    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    photoflex is the only way to go
     
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    Go to your local art suppy house. Buy a 4' x 8' sheet of white foamcore. Cut it to desired size ( cutting it in half works fine). Cover one side with crumpled aluminum foil for a really shinny surface and leave the other side white.

    Foamcore works well because it's stiff, meaning that it won't fold up on you. You can easily hold it or mount it on a light stand using a spring clamp. It's also cheap. A 4x8 sheet costs about $10.

    You'll find that the white side makes a wonderful reflector in the sun or you can bounce lights off of it for a soft look. We often use the white side as a "fill" light by simply bringing it close to the subject and using it to reflect the key light back onto the subject.
     
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    great post; i will do this
     
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    foamcore
     
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    it's just a pain in the ass to store and transport
     
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    another vote for foamcore or gatorboard.
     
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    photoflex :bigthumb: i like to reflect a warmer color back, so I got a white on one side and white/gold on the other. the white gold really warms up the person
     
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    gives them that nice bling bling look
     
  11. Hua

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    Pics of said setup? :noes:
     
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    Take your foamcore and score it in thirds with a sharp knife or razor blade. Put duct or gaffers tape along the score. Fold in thirds for transporting or storage. Unfold and clamp to light stand or simply stand it on it's edge while in use. We have several like this that fit neatly into the lids of our light kits.
     
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    Gold works well for darker skin tones. I have two that I use that are awsome, however they are a bit more expensive than using foamcore.
     
  14. This is the one I have

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...427&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    The only bad thing about these is it's kind of a bitch to fold it back down so that it's small enough to fit back in the bag. I'm sure there's a technique to it but I just don't know.

    Also you have to be careful when you open it up because these bitches snap open with a quickness. I've been whacked in the face a few times when i wasn't paying attention and once when I was distracted talking on the phone to derrict :mamoru: :o
     
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    FMers




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    I was using my sunshade for my car for some shots in the past, worked just fine and folded up nicely.
     
  17. jTranz

    jTranz Lost in Translation

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    I use a lowepro 5 in 1 ... like mentioned earlier, the white/gold is pretty nice.

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    anyone know about or have heard about DynaPhos's 5 in one disc reflectors they are selling them for like $15 on ebay
     
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    link?
     
  20. My 6 in 1 > lowepro's 5 in 1


     

  21. will rip very easily probably
     
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  23. oh snap!

    I didn't know it came with a stand, that's hot. But it wont help much because any slight wind will have your reflector turning to something else. Also how are you supposed to tilt the stand? I guess with alittle coercing the stand and reflector would be a pretty cool combination if you don't have an assistant. :bigthumb:
     
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    its a pretty decent stand and boom. never had a problem with it in all the environments i've used it in
     

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