Reflector help

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SamNC Contributing Member • Posts: 610
Reflector help

I have a 4 month old baby so i am doing a ton of photos of him.  I think a reflector would be helpful, but not sure what kind or size to get.  Any suggestions?  I have three photography assistants (wife and older kids) to help with holding it etc... so i dont need one with a stand.  Right now i mainly shoot indoors.  I am intending to use it to resolve issues with shadows as light from windows can just hit one side of him.

As an aside, i recently got the nikon 105 f /1.4 E.  It is great for getting rid of distracting indoor backgrounds!  I got a D500 so it is a bit long, but i really like it.  I also have the 700 flash.

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Ellis Vener
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Any of the circular spring-rimmed ones that fold up  into a smaller circle will be fine as long as they have a white side. You don’t need one of those five-in-one versions.

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TheMerchantofVenice Regular Member • Posts: 267
If you want economical to experiment with first ........

.......... try a piece of white foam core.

If you find that working with a reflector suits you then look for something more expensive. If you don't happen to have a willing assistant immediately at hand to hold the foam core it's easy to score and fold into a V shape that is freestanding.

If you need a BIG one you can do what this fellow did(I recommend watching with the sound turned off )

It 's REAL easy to dump a bunch of money into lighting (you can ask my wife how I know this ) and then learn/discover that you got the wrong thing/don't use it enough to justify the cost.

I'm getting a little better about buying this sort of stuff, and doing enough paid jobs (for which I use foam core myself) to offset a bit of the cost, but it took a while

ronscuba Contributing Member • Posts: 883
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Ellis Vener wrote:

Any of the circular spring-rimmed ones that fold up into a smaller circle will be fine as long as they have a white side. You don’t need one of those five-in-one versions.

Um, just a differing opinion.   The 5 in 1 does have it's uses and does not cost much more.  I use 4 of the 5.

Diffusion: to diffuse sunlight, strobe light, lamp light

White: to reflect white

Silver:  more intense reflection

Black: to cut like a flag or black side of a v-flat

Gold: have not used, but if you want to reflect golden..

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Re: Reflector help

ronscuba wrote:

Ellis Vener wrote:

Any of the circular spring-rimmed ones that fold up into a smaller circle will be fine as long as they have a white side. You don’t need one of those five-in-one versions.

Um, just a differing opinion. The 5 in 1 does have it's uses and does not cost much more. I use 4 of the 5.

Diffusion: to diffuse sunlight, strobe light, lamp light

White: to reflect white

Silver: more intense reflection

Black: to cut like a flag or black side of a v-flat

Gold: have not used, but if you want to reflect golden..

Good points Ron!

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Gato Amarillo Veteran Member • Posts: 7,960
Re: If you want economical to experiment with first ........

I was thinking foam core. In the US Walmart sells 20x30 inch sheets for two or three bucks -- hinge two with packing tape for a 30x40 reflector.

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