5 Photographic Uses for Foam Board

On this video photographer and videographer Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter takes a look at five simple but very effective uses for foamboard for both photography and videography.

Foam board (or foam-core as it was originally called) was first introduced as a 1/8 inch (3 mm) and 3/16 inch (5 mm) thicknesses for the graphic arts industry by (you probably never guessed it) Monsanto Company under the trade name “Fome-Cor” in 1957″. Although this trivia bit isn’t that important the material itself is super useful for photography.

So what can you do with this stuff which you can usually get for a few $ (depending on where you get it and what size and thickness you buy)? well here are the five uses Pike mentions in this video:

  1. Use it as fill – help fill dark area in your image or video – simple and useful – play with the angles to get the best result.
  2. Use as bounce – instead of lighting directly, use the foam  to reflect light and get softer result.
  3. Use as flag – use a black foam as flag to block light and control spill.
  4. User as background – either behind or beneath your product.
  5. Creating cookies – you can make a more interesting background.

Bonus video: Pike takes an $8 Ikea table and build a shoot booth for products

You can find  many more helpful lighting tips here. LensVid.  You can also check out more of Wallace tutorials here on LensVid.

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