DIY Photography How To Make A Photo Reflector

This article and technique is great for people who love DIY but since I made the tutorial some amazing photo reflectors have come out and some are cheaper than doing it yourself, and all of them are better quality.  So do yourself a favor and just get the Awesome Westcott Photo Reflector from Amazon.  You can still enjoy the video below.  It is a flashback :)

The other day I was considering buying a new photo reflector because I lost my old one.  I was looking online and found that prices were anywhere from $30- $75 for the type I wanted.  I had bought all the supplies to make a ring flash and that included many of the supplies I needed to make this project too. Watch the videoI decided to get the rest of the supplies and try to make my own.  I really wanted just gold and silver but for you I made a 4 color reflector.

You can also find the video on YouTube

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Supplies
2 Pieces White Foam Core
1 Can Flat Black Spray Paint
1 Can Gold Metallic Spray Paint
1 Can Silver Metallic Spray Paint
1 Roll Duck Tape

Making a photo using reflected natural light can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to light your subject.  If you do not have the money for lighting gear or you just want to travel light :) then make yourself a photo reflector that allows you to get great lighting even during mid day sun.  You can buy great light reflectors for around $40 but if you want to save a little $$$ then just build your own.  I always try to build any gear I can so that I can save my budget for the stuff I can not build.  However if you have the extra $40 to “go pro” then I would highly recommend getting one because they can really enhance your photography for such a small investment.

If you make a photo reflector let us all know how it went for you.  Link to some of the photography you made with it.  I would also like to know if you are using natural light or reflected flash.  If you make any modifications post a video or a link to some pictures, we might all be able to learn from you.  Leave a comment below.

About Tyson

I am a Photographer and Teacher from the Western United States. I enjoy the creative side of photography. When I am not teaching, I like to write about photography and creativity here on Photography School.

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4 Responses to DIY Photography How To Make A Photo Reflector

  1. ThierryD at #

    I send to you the url in english : http://rienquepourlesyeux.free.fr/Reflecteur%20photographique/Photographic%20reflector.htm
    to produce a photographic reflector with another technique for a cost lower than $10

  2. hmmm.. really interesting..

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