Natural light reflector

This is a discussion on Natural light reflector within the Photography Discussion forums, part of the PHOTO FORUM category; I need one. I love taking portraits next to my slider (who doesn't?) but I do notice it's obvious there is one side not being ...


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    I need one. I love taking portraits next to my slider (who doesn't?) but I do notice it's obvious there is one side not being lit, so I want to get a reflector. Can anyone suggest a good one for reflecting natural light? Nothing pricey.. Even a white piece of poster board?? What do ya'll think?

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    sounds like you answered your own question. a piece of poster board (i'd go for foam board since it's sturdier) will work fine.

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    I just bought a sheet of foam insulation at Menards for $11, and it has a plain silver backing. My husband will be making me a pvc frame for it to make it free standing. I'll have enough from that 1 sheet to make 2 nice size reflectors.

    Maybe check into that.
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    Is Menards like Lowes?? Foam, good idea guys thanks :-)

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    I use small size white writing board from 'eraser dust' and works well for me...

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    Heather make sure we see the results

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    For sure George! I still haven't gotten one yet though. I have a terrible memory.. Anytime I'm at the store I forget all about it! Terrible.

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    I have several types of white colored boards that I use but they're not very effective unless the natural light is very strong. A piece of foam core or other material probably won't be reflective enough to get a good bounce on the ambient light. I would go for the silver material suggested above. It will reflect better than just a plain board. You could try covering a plain piece of board with aluminum foil. That usually works better for me. I also have several old mirrors that I use to reflect light into dark areas. If the light is strong the mirrors can be a bit harsh but they generally work when you have soft ambient light.

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