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Kermit 02-07-2012 05:33 PM

Home-Made Reflector
 
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.
http://www.joshunruh.com/Portraits/H.../CRW7556-S.jpg

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.

http://www.joshunruh.com/Portraits/H.../CRW7545-S.jpg
http://www.joshunruh.com/Portraits/H.../CRW7530-S.jpg

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,

Josh

mrmag11 02-07-2012 10:29 PM

On a side note, you perfected the JJ Abrams lens/solar flare look. Other than that I can't tell a difference.

Finnigan 02-08-2012 09:52 AM

My wife and I have used the foldable things they make for you to put in your car windshield to keep the sun off the seats as reflectors. I believe it worked pretty well, and you can get them for a couple of bucks. The one we have has a silver side, but it is very wrinkely, so i figured it was sort of self diffusing.

EDIT: This thing. http://www.amazon.com/Windshield-Sun.../dp/B001DZWXTW

Kermit 02-08-2012 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Finnigan (Post 2201512)
My wife and I have used the foldable things they make for you to put in your car windshield to keep the sun off the seats as reflectors. I believe it worked pretty well, and you can get them for a couple of bucks. The one we have has a silver side, but it is very wrinkely, so i figured it was sort of self diffusing.

EDIT: This thing. http://www.amazon.com/Windshield-Sun.../dp/B001DZWXTW

I have some, I should have though of that.

ballyhoo33 02-08-2012 02:46 PM

Bigballa, do you have a flash other than the pop-up?

mrmag11 02-08-2012 02:47 PM

You getting at fill flash Ballyhoo? I was going to mention similar...

ballyhoo33 02-08-2012 02:52 PM

Fill plus use of the reflecctor to overpower the sun light without losing the background.

Kermit 02-08-2012 02:53 PM

Yes I do. Where would I put the flash to pull that off?

Arson24 02-08-2012 03:45 PM

hey thats pretty simple man, might have to make one my self tonight

edit: hmm that sun shield looks like it would work well also

sniper42 02-09-2012 12:07 AM

I bought one of these for $10. Great investment so far.

Amazon.com: Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector: Camera & Photo


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