Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > Studio Lighting, Flash & Other

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jun 20, 2010, 12:41 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: California
Posts: 2,295
Default Light reflector material

Ive been looking for some reflector material, something similar to the circular reflectors you can buy at retail stores.

I need an amount large enough to do full body lengths.

Is that material accessible to anyone or is it produced only by the companies that sell the reflectors?

Thanks for any help.
lomitamike is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jun 20, 2010, 3:16 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
VTphotog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Extreme Northeastern Vermont, USA
Posts: 4,231
Default

As I seem to recall, my wfe bought some of this some time ago to make some insulated Roman shades, so you may be able to find it at sewing outlets.
Another possibility is to get some of the 'space blankets', sold at outdoor supply stores (Sportsman's Guide, I believe, usually has them), and cut to fit.

brian
VTphotog is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2010, 12:05 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: California
Posts: 2,295
Default

Thanks for the good ideas VTphotog
lomitamike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2010, 9:42 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
tizeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 382
Default

For reflective material can get sheets of styrofoam insulation with foil on one side at places like Home Depot. Easy to cut and would hold shape.

For diffusing material, ripstop nylon at a fabric store. If you have a JoAnn fabrics, it is located in the quilting area next to the wide bolts of muslin (great for backdrops). More important, every Sunday, their ad has a 40% off coupon for 1 item. I accumulated backdrops over several weeks for about $12 each (plus dye).
tizeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 25, 2010, 5:27 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
rienz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Middle East
Posts: 103
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tizeye View Post
For reflective material can get sheets of styrofoam insulation with foil on one side at places like Home Depot. Easy to cut and would hold shape.

For diffusing material, ripstop nylon at a fabric store.
What is "ripstop" nylon ...is that a brand name? or a type of nylon ... I too have been searching for large (and budget solution) backdrops for home use.
__________________
Current Gear: Canon 7D+BG-E7 Battery Grip & 60D with EF 24-105 f/4 L IS; EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II; EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS; EF 100 f2.8 L IS; EF 50 f/1.8 II; Canon Speedlite 430 EX II; Metz 58 AF-1; Canon RC-5 Wireless Remote Controller & RS-80N3 Remote Switch; Manfrotto 190CX PRO4 with Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Ball Head; Kenko Extension Tube Set; B+W UV & Polorizing filters
rienz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2010, 9:13 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
tizeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 382
Default

Probably should have said regular nylon rather than rip-stop. At any rate, they are next to each other on the shelf and around $6.99/yd (60 inches wide). Rip-stop has little square patterns in it, primarily used in sporting goods so if snagged, rip is limied to the little square rather than a run the length of the material. For lighting would want regular, as those squares in the ripstop increase density which could impact lighting pattern.

For backdrops, while can but the entire bolt, usually by the yard and priced 7.99-12.99 depending on the width. While you would probably ignore the 3.99 44" wide, focus more on the 90" to 120" wide bolts. There are some solid colors but for greater variety can dye the white or lt brown muslin. Multi color pattern - may want to buy commercially, but could experiment with tie-dye kits or fabric paint.

As always, watch the sunday paper for their ad which includes 40% off coupon for a single item not on sale. (If it is on sale, wait a week as sales are usually 30%.)

Do watch the
tizeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 13, 2010, 2:17 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Davenport, IA
Posts: 2,093
Default

If you ask for rip-stop nylon in Jo-Ann's they'll lead you right to it. You can then compare it to several light weight polyesters and pick the best for your needs/budget.

A. C.
ac.smith is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:04 PM.