Making your own photography light reflector is easy and affordable! For the cost of a roll of film, you can have a permanent fashion light that not only works, but provides results! In another post I wrote about a recent photo shoot that I had with Nous Models, Tori Bass. She's from a top LA agency and my team & I created an instant camera photo spread with her. However, when people photograph with the Polaroid or FujiFilm Instax cameras, they usually go for a hard flash (on camera flash) and generally avoid shadows.
I wanted different, and I wanted a light that I could use in numerous shoots that may not involve the Instax Camera. Here's how I did it and you can too!
I found a dish from Goodwill, it was $3. But you can get an 8.5 Inch Clamp lamp found in nearly all hardware stores, Walmart, even dollar stores. Get the clamp with the light because the bulb gets hot and you'll want to avoid holding it.
I was at my mom's house when I made it, and she had parchment paper. Your mom probably has it also, but if not you can find them at ANY grocery store. it should be less than $4 a roll. You'll need just enough to cover the light. Parchment paper is KEY! You need it because it's an important diffuser and softens the shadows, decreases the highlights in the picture that blow out.
Then I bought a daylight balanced light. Make sure it says DAY LIGHT BALANCED for the cleanest image. I used a BCW bulb that's 250W but buy the strongest bulb you can get. Don't buy anything stronger than what I have and even a 100W Bulb will work fine. Your bulb should cost about $3 and found in any store.
Grip Tape! Get any tape that won't melt. You can also clamp the paper to the light shield. You should have this around the home, or get tiny paperclips that hold large stacks of paper.
Finally, use gloves that will protect your hand from the heat. Is it smart that I mention this for legal reasons? Yes. But is it a good idea regardless and you should protect yourself from any burns? YES!!
Then have fun with it. Grab the light from the clamp or just clamp it on to anyplace. You can use it with a gel or without. Your total should not exceed $10! If you spent $15 or more, you probably didn't shop around well enough.
The dollar store is your friend on this project!
You can also see the video for this photo shoot, and see how we used it. Check it out and if you like what we offer, please subscribe!