Buying a reflector

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  1. Inlights

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    I'm buying my first reflector. With all the options I don't know where to begin. I want one for full body outdoor/indoor use.


     
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    You mean a collapsible type?
     
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    I bought a large circular one on ebay for super cheap. I can't tell you if it's as good as any others, but it seems to do the job for me.
     
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    I'd say for doing full-length portraits outside, you'll need at least a 60".

    Cheapos can be had on fleabay... even 5-in-1s (white, black, silver, gold & diffuser).
     
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    Check out the options from Lastolite. The TriGrip series are spot on. California Sunbounce (sp) might be another option.
     
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    Do brand names matter, or are they all pretty much the same other than size?
     
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    I don't have much experience with them, but I would think, in terms of use, they're the same. Quality, as in how long they'll last, might be a different story.

    If you're shooting outdoors, you'll need some sort of stand...... or an assistant.
     
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    There's not much in life you don't get what you pay for. They're not hugely expensive. Cal SunBounce are more but they also kick ass
     
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    Thats my biggest gripe with mine. They catch as much wind as an umbrella on a stand, and my GF gets tired of holding the reflector after a while
     
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    If you use a stand , don't forget the Sand/Shot bags, You'll get tired of picking it up
     

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