Light scoops work wonders for indoor flash photography by shifting your camera's built in flash from direct to indirect lighting. The reflector mirror blocks the direct flash and illuminates the ceiling and walls to give a more ambient light fill. It's not dramatic, but it may be that little extra light you need for an amazing indoor shot. It works best for portraits with close up framing. With just a few tools and materials you can make one in about an hour or less. I have created a template for people to print on their home printer as well as a template for people who may have access to a plotter.
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
Make sure you print "Actual Size" and not "Fit" or "Scale to paper" withing your print properties. It should fit perfectly without any cropping when scaled to 100%.
I used a plotter which meant I skipped this step.
Step 2: Tape Template to Poster Board
Simply tape the template to your poster board. If you roughly cut out the template first and then tape it several areas you will reduce shifting as you cut.
Again, I used a plotter so yours will look different but you get the picture.