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Quick Tip: White Foam board Reflector

how to use a white foam board as a reflector

One of my favorite tools for shooting in the house when not having a lot of light to illuminate my subject is to use a foam board. These are basic boards you can find at any craft store. I like the one that are a tri-fold. This allows the board to stand on its own so I don’t have to hold it like a regular reflector. This is helpful when photographing younger children and you need your hands free to either quickly grab your child or to hold a toy to get your child engaged. Here is an example with my cute little man as a model. He is placed about 4 feet from a sliding glass door camera right. In the photo with the foam board, the board is placed about 3 feet camera left. These are SOOC and shot with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 35mm 1.4.

Without Foam board

With Foam board


The effect is soft and helps soften the shadows on him as well as brighten the rug he is laying on. I like them both and would definitely edit both. I like how the shadows on the non-board play to his facial expression and how using the foam board in the second shot boost the lighting to help give off the happy mood he is showing. I hope you try out this fun tip and if you do make sure to post your photo to Facebook so we can see!

  • Melissa
    March 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Thank you! I think this would be more helpful for me if you were to show how the board was used. I get the concept but would love to have a pull back picture of you using your board. Just IMO. :)

  • Kristin
    March 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I would love a photo, too. I get that it works, but I’ve tried it before and I don’t think it helped, I’m not doing it right.

  • March 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Oh my! Your baby is gorgeous!!!

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