beats from dre headphones How to Make a High Fashion Specular Reflector
RICH MEADEI’ve got a fun little DIY light modifier for you today. I call it the High Fashion Specular Reflector or “shiny board” for short. In my travels, I have to carry a LOT of gear. Especially when the trip is on my own dime and I don’t have a budget to rent the cool toys I want to have. I came up with the idea for this reflector through experimentation and just obnoxious luck. I wanted to create a very hard light (in addition to the sun) to use on my model while on location. That’s not too hard to accomplish with strobes, but remember, I get lazy. I first started messing around with mirrors, but they didn’t really do what I wanted, not to mention they are heavy and dangerous if broken. Then I thought about Mylar! Well now rolls of Mylar aren’t super hard to find, but also aren’t readily available in a lot of locations. There is however a cheap and readily available solution, and that is a camping emergency blanket! So combining the Mylar blanket with a couple of other items I was able to create a remarkable source of light, that is cheap, and versatile. Here is how.
What you’ll need :
2436 Poster Frame ($10) These come in all sizes, but you need the ones with plexiglass fronts, easily found at any superstore
Duct Tape ($1.50) Also found at the superstore. You know the saying, if you can’t Duck it
Scissors ($1.50 $400) Supersharp hair styling shears are preferred, but you can use a $1.50 pair too.
Now you want to place the plexiglass face down (it should have a protective film over the front of it), then lie the mylar sheet on top of it, which is now attached to the backing board. Now here is where the filler paper comes in (that sheet that had all the information on the poster frame). If it has a white back, I like to affix it to the back side of the board so I have a white fill at my disposal as well. This is completely optional of course.