Lighting modifiers can have a huge impact on specialized shots. With the right ones, light becomes putty in your hand, easily molded by the skill of the potter. (Yeah, I jumble up my euphemisms frequently.)
YouTuber Theoria Apophasis believes in the the power of light modifiers, but he believes even more in ingenuity. The “Angry Photographer” shared one of his favorite homemade mods to get creative lighting that adds drama to his images. This is one of the best lighting mods and can be easily created with craft store supplies for $5.
- Black Card Stock
- Elmer’s School/Craft Glue
The process is very basic and essentially just involves smearing glue on the card stock, applying glitter, flattening it out, and trying not to turn your studio into a pixie fairyland in the process.
While the total cost for materials would probably total more than $5, there should be enough left over to make a whole army of these things.
What I particularly like is the way the gold reflectors can mimic golden-hour sunlight filtering through trees, as he shows us in a separate video. This would be great for simulating natural light or outdoor settings no matter where you shoot or in what weather conditions. That alone is enough to get me to make a few of my own.
To see more of his tutorials and lighting mods, check out his YouTube channel, and go “glitter and be”…creative!