Photo Tricks: DIY Light Reflector

by Megan Hoeppner


Create Your Own Reflector
Light reflectors are available for purchase at your local photography store. Or you can make your own in a few simple steps using a little foil and some cardboard. Here's how:

1. Cut cardboard piece to desired size and score into thirds.

DIY Light Reflector Step 1


2. Wrap foil around cardboard, and smooth out wrinkles.

DIY Light Reflector Step 2


3. Secure foil in place using tape.

DIY Light Reflector Step 3


Additional Reflector Options

There are other tricks to the trade when it comes to bouncing and reflecting light. Here are a few ideas to try:

  • Wear White: Reflecting light can be as simple as throwing on a white t-shirt. Light bounces off of white and will naturally reflect on your subject if you aren't a great distance away.
  • Use White Foam Board: Foam core boards are available at your local craft store and are a great reflector option. Plus, they're lightweight and inexpensive, making them a nice photo-equipment option.


For more on taking successful summer photos, check out our "Photo Tricks" column in the July/August 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


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