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karyl  dalbey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/1/2005
 

Purchasing a white reflector for portrait shots


I guess this would pertain to Digital Equipment. I would like to purchase a White reflector for senioe portrait shots - indoor and outdoor. I have two simple questions. The reflectors come in various sizes. I am looking at a 52in or a 42in reflector. Any suggestions? Also do you think a reflector that is double sided, white on one side and silver on the other is more beneficial than white on both sides. Smaller sizes reflectors are also available. I would appreciate your imput. Thanks so much! Karyl Dalbey


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8/21/2007 4:43:14 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  I just recently purchased a 42in 7 in 1 type collapsible reflector. It comes with a white, gold, silver, black, translucent, blue and green. I have used the white, translucent, silver and gold. I, for one, am glad I got the variety. Plus, I found them on Ebay for less then $20. Took a while figuring out how to get them folded back.


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8/22/2007 9:10:50 AM

 
karyl  dalbey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/1/2005
  Thanks for some imput to my question. Did you find the 42in. sufficient enough for portrait work then? ALso, I am only familiar with the usage of the white, silver, and black. It was mainly size I wondered about. I will check out e-bay! Thanks, Karyl Dalbey


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8/22/2007 9:50:39 AM

 
Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  Let's hope someone else can chime in. I just really started with outdoor portraiture/lighting and find them to be sufficient at 42in. They had several sizes on Ebay at the time, but I didn't want the bulk in the beginning.


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8/22/2007 10:59:31 AM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  I recently bought the 5 in 1 Photoflex with stand and really like it. Here is a link although mine also has a black reflector. It is easy to set up and position and provides a nice area of coverage.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/241060-REG/Photoflex__42_5_in_1_MultiDisc_Reflector.html


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8/22/2007 2:07:13 PM

 
karyl  dalbey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/1/2005
  To: Carlton and Suzanne, thanks so mch for your help with choosing a reflector for my photograpny needs. I appreciate your imput. I needed to purchase something fairly soon so went to e-bay and purchased the 5in1 system - 42in. Collapsable system for around $40.00. I think it will meet my needs and didn't want to spend to much since I'm just beginning to use this type of equipment. I appreciate both suggestions and found lots of helpful info. at the bhphotovideo.com site as well. Thanks again, Karyl Dalbey


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8/22/2007 6:16:37 PM

 
karyl  dalbey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/1/2005
  Small retraction in the cost of the reflectors on e-bay.They were about $30.00! Thanks! Karyl D.


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8/22/2007 6:52:02 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Yup - I'd suggest a 5 in 1 too... Found mine on e-bay too!


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8/25/2007 6:14:19 AM

 
Amanda Baker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/24/2003
  Hello,

It sounds like you know all about reflectors. I also purchased a 5 in 1 reeflector. I was wondering if I can use the white side for custom white balance in my camera.

Thank you very much.


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3/18/2008 10:48:17 AM

 
karyl  dalbey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/1/2005
  Amanda, I wish I did know everything. My usage is still limited. I don't know about the particular usage you are referring to. Just how it is used in relation to effecting the light on a subject. I would think the custom white balance setting would be a seperate matter and not tied into the use of a reflector. Karyl Dalbey


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3/18/2008 11:23:12 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Yes you can use the white to correct white balance. I purchased the 60 incher also (size matters jk) and its great to shade an entire model in certain situations. I also like to photograph the models attempting to fold up the reflector....always great for a few laughs.


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3/19/2008 10:12:15 PM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  I've had to laugh at myself trying to fold the collapsible reflector. For home portraits, I made a couple of light panels (3' x 6') and these are simple & cheap to make if on a budget. The frame is made out of PVC that you can get at most hardware stores along with some elbows & T connectors to make the feet.


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3/20/2008 7:41:12 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Believe me when I say the 5-6fters are even more of a challenge. Used to have a great video of 2 blond bikini models trying to fold my big reflector for at least 10 minutes, the camera crew and I were laughing so hard the cameras were shaking then one blond turns and says, "Its like the Blond leading the Blond!" Perfect timing.


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3/20/2008 7:57:01 AM

 
karyl  dalbey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/1/2005
  I'm laughing at both of you. I couldn't collapse my reflector panel either after I bought it! It's like Japanese Orgami paper folding. Some things take special skills beyond the everyday. I like to here what people do to improvise though. Thats always insightful and gives you ideas. Karyl Dalbey


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3/20/2008 11:22:46 AM

 
Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004
  Carlton,

For your panels you made with PVC, what do you use for the reflective surface?


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3/20/2008 1:37:19 PM

 
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