How to Make a High Fashion Specular Reflector

Usually when we talk about reflector we opt for a nice diffused reflected light. Something like a foamboard or a big bed sheet. Those produce nice soft light when reflected by the sun.

Photographer Rich Meade shares a DIY for a different kind of reflector, a High Fashion Specular Reflector or “shiny board”. This reflector is not diffused at all, it is rather mirror like, with the exception that is it not as smooth.

How to Make a High Fashion Specular Reflector

How to Make a High Fashion Specular Reflector

Rich Create this reflector from a dismantled picture frame and an emergency blanket (and of course some gaffer tape). Though it could have just as easily be done with foamboard which we love so much. The results are, as expected, not soft al all. They are like a game of catch with the sunlight. Kinda reminds me the work that Nick Turpin does with flashes and snoots.

How to Make a High Fashion Specular Reflector

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[How to Make a High Fashion Specular Reflector | Rich Meade]

  • omxr

    cool!

  • Beto Castillo

    just a thought, why not just use spray adhesive?

  • Ken

    Try using the sunshade from your car. An extra large one from a motor home works great too

  • Coo Coo Ca Choo

    Ive tried this years ago and the glare is totally blinding for the model.

    • Joebbowers

      Yep. That’s why nobody actually makes them and he had to make it himself.

  • Andi89lectro .

    I heard about to crush the emergency blanked first to a ball, so you destroy the square folds and get nice small folds randomly ordered