Fabric cover for flash modifier - what's your idea? Answered
After doing extensive web searches it is clear that no one makes a flash modifier / photo light reflector that meets my needs. The unit I have in mind would be the general shape of a small photo umbrella (about 16" in diameter), but it would function like a beauty dish. I want it to be collapsible and compact, yet durable enough to withstand many location shooting sessions. I have used the following basic frame construction technique on other projects and know that it will work for this one - I will solder together a reinforced (beauty dish shaped) frame structure that will be made out of small diameter brass welding rod and then add connection bracketing that will allow the photo reflector to be dismantled for transport.
During my initial planning stages I thought I would just sew up a fabric cover (white on the inside, black on the outside) so that it would wrap around the frame on both sides. But then I realized that this was a very complex sewing job and that an easier method of covering this dish shaped frame might be to use heat shrinkable RC aircraft covering fabric. When I researched these materials on the web I discovered that they were very thin (just what you would want on a small airplane) and really wouldn't take any degree of wear and tear like you might expect during a photo shoot.
So here's the question - what kind of fabric covering would be ideal for this photo reflector? It needs to be strong, lightweight, very flexible so that it can be molded around the contours of the reflectors frame and it should be paintable - white on the inside and black on the outside. Thanks for your suggestions