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See the "DIY 40 Inch Silver Reflector" article for the full low-down, but he shows you how to build a full on, circular, metallic reflective, folds-down-into-a-smaller-circle reflector for what he claims is about $8 in materials. There are lots of pictures on the post. The outer frame is made of fish tape. To quote: Scary Springy Steel ...


As everyone else is saying, better than nothing, so not completely useless, but in no way to be confused with a proper large softbox. You'll still be better off taking the flash off-camera rather than leaving it on-camera. You will still get an edge to your shadows. And there will be a hotspot. But if used in close, it can be worthwhile. I use a cheap eBay ...


Automotive windshield reflectors can function well as photographic reflectors. The best ones are the shiny silver accordion-fold ones (they often have a "bubble wrap" -like core).


The most available large sheet material is corrugated cardboard. If you have a single layer sheet, you should first glue at least another single layer sheet on top of it to make it more stable. Rotate one of the sheets by 90° so that the "grain directions" of the layers cross each other. Like plywood. For the reflective surfaces: White paper provides a ...


Buy a "space blanket" from a sale bin. Search for that on the web and it will turn up places to buy for a buck or so. Fold it over any convenient frame, board, wire loop, or in-situ surface. Secure with gaffers tape ('duct tape'). The tape costs more than the silvery material. This is far more durable than paper, foam, etc. and a whole blanket-sized piece ...


A large piece of foam core board (or mat board) is good for portraits. Clamped on a stand opposite of a soft box (key light) just outside of framing. It could be black on one side for absorbing light for more dramatic shadows. Or paint it gold or...?


For a large reflector go to a stationery shop and buy a large sheet of white paper for card. It's not as portable or durable as a proper reflector, but does the job.

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