Use Car Sun Shades as Cheap Reflectors

If you need a cheap way to bounce some light, don’t want to spend a wad of cash on a real reflector from a camera shop, and don’t want to take the time to make a cardboard and aluminum foil reflector, you can buy a cheap car sun shade (less than $10 at Walmart) as a cheap reflector. They’re lightweight, foldable, and reflect light well — just make sure the reflective surface is white or silver.

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  • Aaron Stidwell

    Was anyone using anything else for reflectors?! I kid. I kid……kinda.

  • Anonymous

    Also, use the black ones as quick n dirty flags.

  • Joakim Bidebo

    Since there already exist really cheap ‘ebay’ version of reflectors I don’t see a reason for this. You get a 22 inch 5in1 reflector for less then $10.

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  • Emanuele Meazzo

    5:1 reflectors are cheap on their own, and they are great

  • Ally

    & Foam poster board!

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  • DSLR Video Studio

    I’ve used similar and plus radiator reflection foil is great as well.