Step 1: What you’ll need
What you’ll need :
- 24×36″ Poster Frame ($10) These come in all sizes, but you need the ones with plexiglass fronts, easily found at any superstore
- Duct Tape ($1.50) Also found at the superstore. You know the saying, if you can’t Duck it…
- Scissors ($1.50- $400) Supersharp hair styling shears are preferred, but you can use a $1.50 pair too.
- Emergency Camping Blanket ($4) The key ingredient, found at pretty much any store that has a camping section.
Don’t throw anything away (except the shrink wrap that came on the frame).
Well when used in direct sun, the mylar will reflect the light extremely well. It has an almost mirror-like quality to it, similar to reflections off of rippling water. The emergency blanket provides a unique characteristic that a clean sheet of mylar won’t have. The folds and variations caused by the packaging break up the light just enough to give it that “rippled water” look. Whereas the clean sheet of mylar will just make one or two streaks of light. Below are some examples of what you can do with this reflector. With each photograph I turned, bent, or twisted the reflector slightly just to give some different effects.
Below are a few shots that the “shiny board” was used on.
So the next time you are in a strange city, and need a little extra light, consider the Shiny Board option.
I mean, for $15 and about 15 minutes.
You can have a really unique and versatile reflector that you won’t have to pack with you nor feel guilty about leaving behind.
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