Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector
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- Silver increases the specular highlights and yields a high-contrast image. Its perfect for video, product shots and B&W photography.
- Gold produces a natural, golden fill that is great for sunsets or indoor portraits.
- White produces an even, neutral-colored bounce light that works beautifully as a fill light source
- Black is used as a flag to block light or can be used to subtract light
- Translucent fabric is used to diffuse light, producing a broad light source and a soft, wraparound effect
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The Photo Basics 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector Kit is versatile in the field and in the studio, providing shadow-lightening detail in your subject, using available, or studio lighting. It contains a translucent white disc, which is perfect for softening direct sunlight, or lights without diffusion. Use the removable, reversible zippered slipcover to reflect light into shadow areas of your subject. The cover consists of the following colors: silver, gold, white and black. This 42" reflector is perfect for 3/4 length portraits, and medium still-life setups. It folds down to 1/3 its open size, and comes with a carry case. We suggest the purchase of a pivoting arm and stand, to hold the disc where needed -- especially if you are working without an assistant.
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This set is nice and comes with many different options to bounce light as well as diffuse overly bright light (this can come in handy in direct sunlight or harsh LED lighting).
The reflectors fold up compactly and fit into an included bag. Some people have complained about the quality of the bag, but I've only used it indoors so far and haven't had to throw it into a bag or car trunk for transport (yet... ). Either way, they fold up pretty compactly, so I'm sure I could fashion a different bag or method to hold them later if needed.
They are basic, but they do the job. Later, I'll look for some larger ones with the handles for better hand holding or stand-mounting.
The Westcott 301 5-in-1 Reflector is simple to use and comes with a convenient carrying bag. You can either have an assistant hold it, or you can mount it on a stand (sold separately). It's very durable looks way more professional than using a sunshade from the automotive department in Walmart. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, they work as a reflector too).
Here's how it works:
-The silver side is very reflective, and only casts the color of the light being thrown into it.
-The gold side will give you warmer skin tones in situations that you desire warmer light.
-The white side can be used when you need some fill light, but you don't need as much output as the silver side would give you. The white is not as reflective and it's softer.
-The black side will subtract light. If you are in a situation where you want to take away light, you would use this side of the reflector
-The diffuser, is great for sunny days where you want to soften the light on your subject. I recommend buying 2 of the Reflectors because you can use one to diffuse the light and one to use as a fill
Great product from Westcott and you just can't beat this price. It's a great tool for pros and novices alike.
Brian Rodgers Jr.
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
If you do portraits, you want to make sure you cover the shadows and with a smaller one it's a little harder to aim. I also like that the translucent part of this is big enough to cover a whole person without standing too close to them. Also the large size lets you use this as a background for a headshot or closeup.
The zipper IS kind of weird but pretty much all 5-in-1 reflectors are a little fussy when it comes to sliding the different reflectors in and this is not something you can do when you're in a hurry. you need a place to lay down the reflector and slide in the middle part and close the zipper. If this is a problem for you, it might be better to buy dedicated reflectors or a 2-in-1 type thing, but overall if you're on a budget, this product works well if you are patient.
FYI, I just use a tripod or light stand and home depot clips to hold this together and not the one that is sold for it.
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Portable, can be easily folded.
Light, because of thin metal frame.
Effective, size is good enough for single person portraits.
Inconvenient, the white and silver reflector (which are mostly used) are on the opposite side, hence one has to unzip it and flip it now and then ..
it is difficult to fold once opened, for the first time open it very slowly to see how to re-hold, otherwise you won't be able to, and be careful while folding otherwise you will break its ring.
Make sure to re stitching it by sewing machine for better life of it.
At first I was not able to fold it, but then saw a video on youtube and then it became very easy!
good size and build