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Reflectors; et al.
Old 11-29-2005, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have any of ya'll ever used a big sheet of poster board as a reflector? It just sems too easy NOT to use. Roll 'em up when you're done, and fuggit about it. When I see the prices of "fancy" reflectors, I just wanna laugh. How can they justify those prices?
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Poster board, though flimsy and thus probably not much use out in the real world where wind blows, will work. The bonus is you can often find poster board in a multitude of colors.

Now, as far as the "fancy" reflectors go.. they have their uses. For example, I can fold up my 48" gold on one side/white on the other side and store it in the back compartment of my Domke camera bag. Let's see you do that with a piece of poster board! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Oh, yeah.. art and hobby stores often sell sheets of foamcore.. basically 2 sheets of poster board with a thin sheet of styrofoam plastic in between. It's a lot more rigid than poster board and works well except in gale force winds.

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Old 11-30-2005, 02:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Check out a sign supply place for materials. Coroplast in many colors is around 10.00 for a 3mm 8' x 10' sheet. Easy to cut with an exacto or box cutter. Acrylic panels are great for the deep reflection look.
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Old 11-30-2005, 11:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Like the wind never blows in Texas?
I have used some psrachute material that folds up real nice along with some PVC which I fashioned to break down to a size that's managable.
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Old 11-30-2005, 05:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That foamcore sounds promising! Thanks for the info!
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Old 11-30-2005, 05:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks again, everyone!
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Old 11-30-2005, 06:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use the foamcore that is white on one side and yellow on the other. Gives me some flexibility. I also have a couple of huge silver windshield sun reflector things that I clip onto that foamcore with some A clips. Couple this with an el-cheapo light stand and a couple of sand bags for even more flexibility. I use this setup indoors and out.
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I made a silver reflector with a piece of black foam core and silver spray paint. Foam core is less portable then my fold up "fancy" reflector, but at about 10% of the price I can live with it.

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Old 11-30-2005, 08:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have used, poster board, foam core, ink jet paper(yep, works really well), spray paint cardboard, dry wall, luan board, Formica and basically anything that can reflect and re-direct our precious light.

No shame in working with anything....

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Old 12-01-2005, 05:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks, JT, I kinda feel the same way...if it reflects...its good! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't "cheapening" myself by NOT using a $90 reflector!LOL!
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