Reflectors

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  1. ShutteredEye

    ShutteredEye TPF Noob!

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    Thinking of getting a light reflector this afternoon for a shoot this evening.

    What is the general consensus? What works best? Silver, gold, white? Help?
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    White reflector gives a soft neutral fill.
    Silver gives a hard neutral fill.
    (Hard = crisp edge to shadows...)
    Gold or similar are sometimes known as California's. They give a hard warm fill. Like you are suntanned and near the sea or a swimming pool - like everyone in California :lol:
    So the reflector you choose depends on what you are shooting and how you want it to look.
    A company in the UK make Lastolite reflectors which fold up. You can get them white one side, silver the other. They are the most useful.

    http://www.karlu.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=17
    Bottom of page.
    There are probably similar products in the US.
     
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    Thanks a whole bunch Hertz! I really appreciate it.
     
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    I've gotten good use out of a dual reflector, white on one side and silver on the other. That way I can just flip it around if the situation calls for it :) I've also found that playing peek a boo with the refector for small children is a sure way to get a smile :mrgreen:
     
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    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    Or you could do it the el-cheapo vicky way, and go down to the newsagency and buy a peice of silver cardboard. :blushing: One side's silver, one side's white (though the white doesn't work too well) And then you buy another one that's gold! Magic! And it only costs $2!
     

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