How to Fold a Photography Reflector in 4 Easy Steps

You’re packing up after a hard day of shooting. All your camera gear goes neatly back into its respective bags, but the reflector refuses to comply. You twist and turn it trying every possible method but the contraption simply refuses to be tamed and bagged. Eventually you do end up as the winner of this impromptu wrestle, but not before becoming a great source of entertainment for the rest of the crew. In this video, Eric Rossi shows you how you can tame the big bad round reflector in just four easy steps (and save yourself some embarrassment):

Step 1

Hold the reflector as you would normally do a steering wheel

Step 2

Take your right hand and flip it backwards. Your thumb should be sticking in front of the reflector with the other four fingers tucked behind it.

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Flip your right hand so your palm is facing out.

Step 3

Twist the whole reflector until you make a figure 8. You should be using pressure with your right hand to push the reflector down to twist it.

Step 4

Tuck the whole thing together so that it transforms in to a smaller circle.

This process works equally well with larger reflectors. For really large ones, the first step should be to place the reflector on top of your foot. Use your foot to help pop it, and then follow steps 1 to 4.

Simple, isn’t it?

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2 responses to “How to Fold a Photography Reflector in 4 Easy Steps”

  1. Lois Bryan says:

    thanks, Eric … I’ve gotten a nice fat lip from doing it wrong … the refresher you’ve posted here is great. Tweeted.

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