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How to create a cheap reflector board for photography

Create a Cheap Reflector Board for Photography

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These are white foam core boards that I picked up for $1.00/each at Dollar Tree.

These are white foam core boards that I picked up for $1.00/each at Dollar Tree.

Metallic gold spray paint. I like to use the handle sprayer just so I don't get paint on my hands. I believe this was around $1.00 at Wal-Mart.

Metallic gold spray paint. I like to use the handle sprayer just so I don't get paint on my hands. I believe this was around $1.00 at Wal-Mart.

Lay down a drop cloth so you don't get paint everywhere.

Lay down a drop cloth so you don't get paint everywhere.

Spray away! There's not much science to it. Just spray a solid, even coat until you're satisfied.

Spray away! There's not much science to it. Just spray a solid, even coat until you're satisfied.

For the opposite side, I used metallic silver.

For the opposite side, I used metallic silver.

Don't worry if it bubbles up like this. It doesn't affect the end result.

The silver side is generally used for people with lighter skin. The gold side is mostly for people with darker skin tones. You can always experiment and see what works best for you.

This is a photo without the reflector board. You can see that the right side is lit well, but there are very harsh shadows on the left side.

This is a photo without the reflector board. You can see that the right side is lit well, but there are very harsh shadows on the left side.

Now, I have the reflector board just out of frame, angled towards my face. You can now see how those shadowed areas are now lit well.

Now, I have the reflector board just out of frame, angled towards my face. You can now see how those shadowed areas are now lit well.

In total, this cost me about $12. Thanks for viewing, and I hope this helps you. Bye!

  • Foam core board
  • Metallic Spray Paint
  • Drop cloth