I was noticing how my portraits had very harsh shadows, as well as not a good balance of contrast a quite often. I figured a reflector would be a good option to bring out a more evenly exposed face. Since I didn't want to spend any cash trying this out-
I built a cheap reflector from some poster board, a sheet of aluminum foil, and a piece of cardboard.
Surprisingly, it works great with reflecting light back up. I had my "model" hold the reflector facing her so that I could get some light bouncing up into her face. Here are the results, first without the reflection and second with the reflection.
I have found that the reflector brings out a more even exposure on the face, and I'm looking forward to shooting with it some more. I'm pleased with the results.
Thought I'd share,