Homemade Reflectors

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  1. pandrew

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    I honestly used some huge sheets of white foamboard and industrial foil and they work like a charm. I'm not going to post any pictures but would anybody like to tell me why I should upgrade to "real" reflectors?
     
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    White-board works great, and is a staple in many studios. The only reason I have a "real" reflector is because it's foldable & far more convenient for travel.
     
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    Someone told me if you are going to shoot professional you need professional looking equipment. That sold me right there! Go to Amazon. They have them for 8 dollars... You can still bring your homemade one if you feel it works better but at least this way you appear more professional and then you can make a joke about how you bought this, but you like to use your homemade better.....
     
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    ababysean's point is critical.

    Given the careers of these two individuals:

    A is 40% show and 60% substance.
    B is 60% show and 40% substance.

    B comes out on top in the long run. This doesn't work if you're a research physicist, but it holds true in most other fields. I spent the last 27 years in higher education (Art/Humanities) and you can change those numbers to 20/80% and B still wins.

    If you want paying customers you have to look the part. Otherwise, if you want a great reflector in the studio head straight for the home supply shop and get a sheet of styrofoam.

    Joe
     
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    :thumbup: i agree
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    If you want your photos to look professional, you have to use professional techniques.

    Frequently, DIY tools simply cannot provide professional looking results.
     
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    i say if money is tight, use what you can man. props to ya.
     
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    All pro studios use foam board
     
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    I totally just bought this off amazon. lol
     
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    Professional techniques, if you understand lighting, angles of incidence, colour/specular reflectance etc, it matters little how you achieve it, as GS states poly or foam boards are widely used here.

    I also know another tog gets great results using twenty dollar halogen lighting from a builders merchants rather than pay out for less powerful but vastly more expensive continuous lights from photographic suppliers.

    Some of the garbage on here with regards to lighting really gets my back up, set ups of studio lighting in the park, all the off camera crap its a wonder any of you lot over there ever take a photograph. The old saying "if the cap fits", has its place in photography as well as elsewhere, foamboard is as good as it gets. H
     
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    :thumbup: +1 a pro will use what ever is at hand to get the shot, I was shooting an equestian event and got my monopod stolen so i used my partners shoulder to support my big white lens, a shoot i helped on they have used clothes pegs because they had run out of clips to pin back clothing that is a touch too big
     
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    I agree with everyone that you have to know pro tech to get pro photos. But Joe and Mary on the street are going to be more impressed with Billy who has nice looking reflector and lighting then Ted who has a sheet of foam board... It sucks but it is just the way it is.
    I say use what you know how to use, but have that 8 dollar reflector for show.
     

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