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3.0 out of 5 stars Better buy a silver/white reflector, October 26, 2010
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This review is from: Neewer 43-inch / 110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag - Translucent, Silver, Gold, White and Black (Camera)
I used this 5-in-1 reflector for a while and I can't say anything bad about the quality. However, I would not buy it again and just replaced it by this product which is the same price range:

Fotodiox 42" Silver/White Reflector Pro, Premium Grade Collapsible Disc

I recommend not buying a 5-in-1 reflector in general but rather go for a silver+white one. Here is why:

The 5-in-1 reflector has these two combinations available: silver+black and gold+white (and the softbox inside part that is not so great because too thin anyway). For changing between the two you need to unzip the surface, flip it inside-out and pull it over the frame again. Nothing you really want to do outside in the middle of a photo shoot. And that is the problem for me because I only need silver+white, a combination unfortunately not given.

Why you need silver+white:
The silver side is highly reflective and brightens up your subject quite extreme. It brightens both, shadows and highlights. It does not change the color of the available light. You need to be very careful to not blind your subject. It works best when you have an assistant holding the reflector from a more far away angle.
The white side brightens up the shadows way more than the highlights and thus producing a more soft light. It is not as bright as the silver side so you can operate closer/more straight at your subject.

Why you don't need gold:
The gold side works basically like the silver side (see above) but adds a warm color to the photo. In fact it discolors your subject and it will look super yellow-ish. In the world of digital post-processing that is nothing you would ever want! Making a cold-ish photo warmer with white balance or color-overlay is easy, but removing a yellow-taint from your subject without making the other colors look dull or unnatural is not that easy.

While I still give this product a 3-star rating for "It's OK", I would always highly recommend not buying it for the above reasons (surface change a pain + 3 of 5 surfaces not needed). However if you're absolutely sure that you need a gold reflector (or black...!?) then go for it, the quality is great for the price.
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Initial post: May 30, 2012 1:13:06 PM PDT
Amber Steele says:
The black is to block out light. =)

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 7:48:50 PM PDT
Michael C says:
Why you might need gold: While shooting outdoors during the harsher mid-day light, it is an old trick to set your camera's white balance for tungsten (or load tungsten film- back in the "good old days") to make the sky bluer, then use a gold reflector to correct your up close subject. During early morning or late afternoon, putting a yellow gel over a strobe will do the same thing and correct for the tungsten WB used to get a bluer sky.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 3:10:41 PM PDT
Amber Steele says:
@Michael C- that's really cool! I'm going to have to try that! Thanks! :D

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 5:52:59 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 20, 2012 10:12:37 AM PDT
To say that the silver side doesn't change the properties of the light reflected is totally false. I'm not sure if you have formal training with lighting scenarios but the silver will defiantly change the color and quality of light when shooting outdoors in warm light, that is why gold reflectors exist, if it wasn't necessary pros wouldn't use them. gold imitates natural sunlight and as Micheal C said is handy to have for the tungsten white balance trick. Black is for casting shadow on your subject so i would say it is necessary.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 11:20:32 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013 10:53:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2013 10:57:03 AM PDT
N. Hasan says:

Your review is misdirected. The review system exists to comment on the product and its functions as advertised. If you do not have the use for this product does not mean you will give a bad review for it. There are others who obviously need it. Nobody forced you to buy it. The product manufacturer did not advertise this as a silver/white reflector. Please refrain from such useless reviews in the future.

Also I can see how you left your referral id in the link for the Fotodix reflector. Obviously you are directing people there so you can make a few bucks. Your review is solely to get others to buy that reflector with you making money off it. Shame on you.

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Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2013 10:59:12 AM PST
m. Abdullah says:
Not trying to get into any kind of argument here but all the professionals I know or have worked with strive to shoot with the idea of "getting it right in the camera" they want to do as little post processing as possible. A few of them don't use Photoshop at all, they opt for less powerful editors simply because they shoot well enough to not need all the bells and whistles of Photoshop. On cloudy or overcast days a gold reflector can do wonders to warm up a cool (blue) image. When photographing models that are exceptionally fair skinned, a gold reflector can have a very pleasing effect on the skin. Of course you have to position it correctly but this is also true with any reflector. You can wash away to much shadow detail using a white/silver reflector also if you don't position it correctly, leaving the image looking flat. As for the black, it's not a reflector, it's a gobo, it's used to block out unwanted light. If gold reflectors had no (professional) purpose I doubt that there would be any expensive ones for sale, I use them and I know quite a few others that use them but I can appreciate that not everyone would use them.

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