After sharing his DIY square “ring light” build here back in July, photographer Isiah Xiong is back again with another DIY project. This time, Xiong is explaining how he built a DIY version of the $300 the Eyelighter reflector for around $40 to $50 in materials.
You can find the step-by-step tutorial in the 3-minute video above.
First, score the foamcore reflector base to make it so you can roll it up:
Do this with three boards, and then tape up all three after scoring to create one large surface with the non-cut side.
Crumple up some aluminum foil and then flatten it out to create your reflector surface. Cover the flat surface of your reflector base with this foil.
Create a stand for the reflector using PVC pipe and connectors (you can find measurements for the lengths you’ll need in the video above):
Voila! A cheap Eyelighter reflector substitute that you built with your own hands. Here’s an example of what the reflector can do:
Be sure to watch the video at the top of the post if you’d like a more detailed look at how this project is done. You can also check out more of Xiong’s work over on his website.
Image credits: Video and photographs by Isiah Xiong and used with permission