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Need help with reflectors....
Old 04-29-2005, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I am planning to get a reflector for outdoor shoots. Are 22" (approx. size) collapsible circular ones any good? I am talking about stuff like this or this . Or should I go for something else. I am looking for a cheap, easy to carry one.

Anybody has better suggestions? Thanks for advise!

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I have one that is 22 inches...Its nice to dream. Seriously though, the smaller one I have doesn't provide enough coverage for more than headshots and so I never use it.

I have 3 of these 42" and use soft gold and translucent white all the time. They provide enough coverage and fold up to about only 12".
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Re: Need help with reflectors....
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If you are only shooting headshots, those will be fine. For full body shots, those will be a bit too small. (IMHO)
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Thanks for the quick replies guys!

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I also use Space Blankets or emrgency blankets held by an assistant or stretched over a foamboad. They are cheap and sell for less than $4 for a 4x6 sheet. They usually come in silver, but if you look you can find one in silver and gold. You can find them in the camping section of most stores or find them here . I've never bought from this place before so I don't know how reliable they are.
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42-46 inches
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A 42 to 46 inch is a standard I look for in a reflector. Easily handled, doesn't catch all that wind and can cover a full length. Anything smaller will spot light vs an even coverage.

Find a 5 in 1 reflector with reversible reflection materials such as gold/silver/white/gold-silver mix/translucent and you will be a happy camper....

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Re: Need help with reflectors....
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I'm the odd one here. I like 4'x8' silks on a collapsable frame sort of like this.
They work well as diffusers or reflectors. You can make the frames from PVC pipe and shock cord. You can make the silks too but I bought mine. You generally need light stands and clamps to hold'em and they are more of a hassle... but they make nice big (soft) lights out of almost any source. I also keep white and black gator board handy as well as posterboard with silver and gold foil faces ($1.30 a sheet).

I do use the round collapsable reflectors, they're easy to handle and clamp to things. You can use the small ones held horizontally about collarbone or breast height (the model can hold it) for a gentle facial highlight. I've heard it referred to as a 'beauty light'. You don't want too much reflection from it though or the beauty light changes to halloween light.
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