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09/28/2006 03:56:21 PM · #1
I'm am curious, is there any cheaper way to utilize tin-foil, car-window shades as reflectors and still get the same effect?

Anyone ever tried it?

I might break down and buy one, but i just wanna check first to see if anyone has any advice about reflectors!

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED! :)

Thanks!

God Bless,
Stephen
09/28/2006 03:58:37 PM · #2
Joey Laurence made his own out of tinfoil I think. I've thought about it but never actually got around to it.
09/28/2006 04:00:10 PM · #3
I have used aluminium foil glued to shaped/bent/flat cardboard as reflectors and it worked well. Also used light bounced off mirrors with success as well.

"If it reflects light, it can be used!"
CEJ 9/2006

Message edited by author 2006-09-28 16:01:47.
09/28/2006 04:05:06 PM · #4
I have used the white polystirine(cant spell!) discs that you get with the packing in Pizza's from the supermarket, they are not bad

edit to add - not really practical to take out and about! But ok round the house.



Message edited by author 2006-09-28 16:25:21.
09/28/2006 04:11:44 PM · #5
I bought a set of those spring-loaded coated-fabric windshield shades in silver, just for this reason. However, I've really only used them in my car ... : )
09/28/2006 04:13:17 PM · #6
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I bought a set of those spring-loaded coated-fabric windshield shades in silver, just for this reason. However, I've really only used them in my car ... : )


I bought some of these as well, and also have gold colored ones as well. They pack up well and look much better when out shooting then the fold up ones. They are on clearance at Target here right now and I bough them for less then 4 dollars each.

MattO
09/28/2006 04:16:38 PM · #7
I hadn't seen them in gold -- you might be able to get a "golden hour" look a high noon with those!
09/28/2006 04:18:34 PM · #8
I just made my reflector out of aluminum foil and a piece of foamboard. I just taped to pieces of foil on a board around the size of 30x36. I used it for this shot while working with worklights.
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I used a mirror and worlights for this shot. You can read how I set it up in the comments.
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They both worked well and just haven't had time to try more shots using my new "reflector".
09/28/2006 04:49:36 PM · #9
Yup tin foil works fine but if you're going to go through a bunch of trouble you might as well just buy a collapsable reflector with interchangable sides. I only used the tin foil one because I didn't have anything else.
09/30/2006 01:28:00 AM · #10
Slightly more robust is the silver sun blockers that you put in your windscreen to stop the sun warming the car.
09/30/2006 01:57:24 AM · #11
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I hadn't seen them in gold -- you might be able to get a "golden hour" look a high noon with those!


Yup they come in gold...the one's that I got a couple years back at target were gold to match my car... definately throw off a warm light.
09/30/2006 02:08:00 AM · #12
Yeah, I really like my silver collapsible car window reflectors... not too bad since I got them for free :-)
10/02/2006 03:02:36 AM · #13
+1 on the collapsable car window shades. I found a set at WalMart for $6, that I split with a buddy of mine. $3 isn't bad for results like this:

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I've found that, however fun spending money on pro gear is, most photographic equipment (aside from the camera & lenses) can be reproduced with a little elbow grease.
10/02/2006 03:39:35 AM · #14
A busy wedding photographer that I see all the time uses wrinkled aluminium foil glued on a foamcore board as a reflector.
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