If you’re an amateur photographer or a professional on a budget, then don’t bother spending a lot of money on lighting equipment. There are easy ways by which you can make your own light reflector at home.
You need light reflectors because they are the first tool a photographer uses when he needs to manipulate light. They can enhance the lighting in a room by a considerable degree, especially if the room only has one light source.
Homemade reflectors are sometimes called V-cards, and we will show you how to make one.
How To Make A V-Card Or Light Reflector
A V-card is basically two different white reflecting surfaces that have been joined together to form a V-shape. They are generally glued together by using gaffer’s tape.
There are several different materials that you can use to make a V-card. Remember that they need to be light-colored and reflective. A good material to use to make V-cards is white foam core. They are highly reflective and are relatively cheap to procure.
Remember that the larger the surface area, the more window-like the lighting will seem. This is because windows generate a very soft glow that illuminates everything around it. If you want to achieve the same effect using a smaller point source of light, then you will need a large reflector to bounce the light off.
A good rule of thumb to measure your reflector is that you will need around 64 square feet of the total reflecting surface. A reflector of this size should grant you perfect window-like lighting. You can use two 8*4 feet reflectors to achieve this size.
Why Use White Foamcare To Make Light Reflector?
White foam core should be used because it is affordable and allows you a lot of control.
You can make the light brighter or dimmer by simply narrowing or widening the fold of the V-shape. If you open the V-shape, the reflecting surface of the V-card increases and you get more light and vice versa. The amount of control on lighting this affords can be compared to switching from a strip light to a softbox.
Light Collapsible Photo Reflector
If you are looking for options other than a DIY Light Reflector, then consider this portable product that you can attach to your camera.
This product can increase the brightness of any source of light.
It is collapsible and easy to carry. This photo reflector is meant for those who need to photograph products or for video and black and white photography.
5-in-1 Collapsible Photo Reflector
This light reflector is great for softening the brightness from direct sun exposure. If you are taking outdoor photographs, then you can use this light reflector to diffuse the brightness and make it softer.
This product comes in five different colors so that you can choose the tint of the light you want to photograph in.
The size of the product is 24-inches*60-centimeters.