5 Things to Do with a 5-in-1 Reflector

Collapsible reflector
5-in-1 reflector

Reflectors are incredibly useful tools, whether you’re a one-man crew or a DP on a big set. And with a 5-in-1 reflector costing only around £10 on Amazon there’s really no excuse not to own one. Here are some of the things you can do with one of these:

  1. On a cloudy day, use the SILVER side to bounce light into the shadows on your subject’s face.
  2. On a sunny day, use the WHITE side for the same purpose (the silver side would be bright enough to make the subject squint) and to put a nice white reflection in the subject’s eyes.
  3. To simulate firelight, bounce a lamp off the GOLD side of the reflector and wobble it gently.
  4. Use the BLACK side for negative fill, useful when shooting in a room with white walls to get some shape and definition back into your subject’s face.
  5. Strip the reflector down to the TRANSLUCENT WHITE centre and rig it on a C-stand above the subject’s head to reduce and diffuse harsh sunlight.
Two reflectors, one below and one above frame, perform functions 2 and 5 respectively. (Georgina Sherrington as Kate in Stop/Eject)

5 Things to Do with a 5-in-1 Reflector

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