Alternate Reflector?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by pdechavez, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. pdechavez macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    Can I temporarily use a large sheet of white thick art paper to use as a reflector for my subject indoor and outdoors? I live far away from a camera store so i have to use an alternative for now.

    Thank you!
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Light really does not care what it bounces off of. Why use it just "for now"?
  3. pdechavez thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    well, due to the fact that i travel a lot, it will tear...
  4. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I have an artsy-fartsy pro photographer friend who, back in my film days, taught me a lot about improving my photographs using run-of-the-mill materials as reflectors. White paper (non glossy) is one possibility; paper plates (the simple, non-coated ones) work really well too.

    The biggest problem with using an ad hoc reflector setup is keeping the "reflectors" in the position you want.
  5. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    If you want more "travel-worthy" stuff, sun reflectors for automobiles work- try to find the white kind that fold up similar to photo reflectors- silver tends to look different and is better for pets than people.

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