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Old Sep 22, 2006, 1:54 PM   #1
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My friend bought a gold reflector at Ritz for about $35 dollars. Folds up, has a case..he suggested gold better for people photos. Any thoughts on brands, pricing, etc? Ritz had more expensive kits with silver, gold, etc. Liked that his reflector folds up, easy in/out of the case, will go in a back pack. The difference in photos with flash and photos with no flash using reflector was pretty impressive. Much more flattering for portraits.

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Old Oct 21, 2006, 6:40 AM   #2
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well, I thought a late reply is better than none.....


[align=center]Reflector
Professionals use many kinds of reflectors and diffusors
I felt the urge to have suchs things too, for less money as usual...
This is my solution:
- foldable sun shade for car windows
- the cloth is covered/replaced by silver/golden foil on both sides
(this foil is a part of the rescue pack in all cars here)

I am using these two version:
- white cloth for bouncing and diffusing (flash or sun light)
- silver/gold reflector - big enough to cover a face

collapsed view (size of a hand, weight: next to nothing)


expanded view:

This is an easy job for my sewing-machine
Without sewing the foil can be attached with sticky velco on top of the sun shade

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I used this part in my latest funghi portraits:
http://people.freenet.de/seemolf/funghiLight.html

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Old Oct 21, 2006, 8:57 AM   #3
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Interesting. These are the kinds of things I need to incorporate in my equipment. Thanks as usual for your great ideas Sven.
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 9:08 AM   #4
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Thanks, but I found a great deal on Amazon. I think it was around $22-25 with shipping for a 32" round reflector with 5 different shades: gold, silver, black white, opaque. Comes with a case.

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Old Oct 21, 2006, 9:58 AM   #5
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Having never used any kind of reflector before, how do you know where to place it when you taking a photograph, as in your mushrooms seemolf? And how do you know which one to use? By the way, I luv your gallery!!!!
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 1:13 PM   #6
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Iliterallygot it about a week ago..haven't used it yet. A buddy of mine got one to use for a work project, he's an experienced photographer, and showed me the difference between photos (these were of people) taken with flash versus photos taken without flash using the reflector. He only uses the gold one which is great for skin tone.

As far as placement, you simply have someone hold it, or lean it up against something, etc to achieve the desired lighting/effect...it's just that simple. I was so impressed with his photos that I decided to get one.


These are some of my favorite photographs taken over the last 3-4 years:

http://www.dotphoto.com/go.asp?l=dma...mp;AID=3914322


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The golden reflectors are perfect for skin tones in backlit situations. On professional sets you will often see a helper carrying these big reflectors around.
I made my parts for "warming up" portraits, but they can also be used for glamour shots (of mushrooms...).
Like D. said, the light is much better than simple flash light.

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thanks so much for the information!!! will have to get some sometime and try them out!!!
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