I have been playing around with macro photography this fall and have determined that a handheld reflector is pritty much a must in this work for natural looking exposures in harsh lighting using flash. I'm thinking of using a 6x6 inch board like cardboard, panelling, ect. wrapped with alumminum foil, this would I assume, give me a natural daylight effect from my sb28? I'm guessing 6x6 inches would be big enough since my working distance is no greater than two feet, plus easy to hold. Any input from experienced people who have experimented with reflectors would be appreciated. Thanks,
#1. "RE: Homemade, handheld reflector?" In response to Reply # 0
I've done the exact same thing shooting flowers. A stiff board with aluminum foil wrapped around it makes a great macro reflector. Just last weekend I burned 2 rolls of Provia 100F shooting some dahlias with this reflector lying on the ground to bounce some sunlight back under the flower for some nice back-lit effects. Another thing I did was, since the sunlight was so harsh for what I wanted, I put up a white T-shirt (the only thing I had at the time) stuck up on sticks to diffuse the light.
Another type of reflector I have are foam-core boards I bought at Staples. They're bright white on one side and can be cut easily into small pieces of varying sizes.
#2. "RE: Homemade, handheld reflector?" In response to Reply # 0
If you make a reflector, make one with wrinkled silver alumimium foil glued to one side, and golden aluminium foil on the other side. The golden one gives a warmer tone. Be carefull, I've ruined many shots because the reflector fell on the fragile mushrooms or flowers.