Does the color of the poster board matter? Yes it does. Why? Because I want it to match my camera and not to look like a DIY from 10 feet. Other than that the color of the Light Scoop is irrelevant as far as I know.
A quick materials list:
Inkjet or Laser Printer
Poster Board - at least 8.5" x 11" (Black if you can get it)
Hobby Knife (& cutting surface) or Scissors
Double Sided Tape, or Hot Glue, or Wood Glue (In order of easiest and quickest to apply)
Reflective Material (Aluminum foil, White paper works well too, or mirror vinyl like I used,)
Step 1: Print Template
I used a plotter which meant I skipped this step.
Step 2: Tape Template to Poster Board
Again, I used a plotter so yours will look different but you get the picture.
Step 3: Score the Folds
Step 4: Pre-Fold
Step 5: Apply Double Sided Tape
If you are using glue then follow the directions for the glue and continue on. Be sure not to let the glue go past the score fold.
Step 6: Attach the Flap
If you had to use hot or wood glue then take steps to insure the piece is secure while drying. You could use a paperclip to, or clothes pins to hold it.
As a final touch-up I used a black Sharpie to color the edges of the poster board.
Step 7: Reflector
Lay your reflective material flat facing down. (If using contact cement then apply a thin coat to the back side of the reflective material and allow to air dry for a minute)
Then hover your rough cut poster board over the reflective material and let one long edge touch flat first and then lay the rest of the board down. You can use a credit card as a squeegee to make it smooth.
Once it's ready tape your template over the reflector and cut it out.
With mine I made my reflector gold on one side and chrome on the other. I also used some safety tape (Like on police and ambulance vehicles) for a second reflector.
Step 8: Start Shooting
I snapped off some pictures using my Canon T3i with the following settings. The only setting I purposely adjusted was my aperture value to blur out the background. These series of shots allow you to see the impact of the Light Scoop.
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Flash Exposure Compensation
Shutter curtain sync
Color saturation Normal
Tone Curve Standard
Sharpness level 0
Color tone Normal
Step 9: Wrapping It Up
I saw other peoples templates online but I didn't like the way they were so fragile in the back and I thought what the heck, I'm a designer so let me design something.
I'm pretty happy with the results considering I only made one change to my original prototype, and although it could be perfected more that wasn't the point of this build and I might as well buy one at that point.
I am sharing this with you because it would be a shame to not to, and I hope someone will use this process, improve it, and share it again.
Thanks for stopping by.