In this video, photographers Jay P. Morgan (from the Slanted Lens) gets a little bit crazy and shows us how to make a simple two sided large reflector for under $8.
Reflectors are really useful (just check out these videos on how to use them and what you can do with them). The thing is that you don’t really need to spend tons of money on buying one if you don’t have to. Morgan simply went to Home Depot and purchased a large 8”x4”x1” bead foam with shiny silver on one side and white on the other with some blue writing.
Now keep in mind that this size is too large to work with or transport easily so the first thing he did was to cut the sheet in half to create two 4” square pieces. Since it was difficult to remove the paper with the blue writing from the other side of the foam he removed the silver part (easily) and fixed them together using some tape on the sides (you can also glue them which will help). Simple, non expensive but very useful.
This is actually not the first time that we have been looking at creating reflectors (a pretty popular topic here on LensVid), you can see a few popular DIY reflector videos here (as well as this simple one).
You can check out more photography lighting technique videos on our dedicated lighting section here on LensVid as well as many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid. If you like Jay P. Morgan’s videos there are many more on LensVid on the following link.