postheadericon How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

This process will work for any basic foam board ‘engineering’ that you want to do. The measurements are for a 9″ X 12″ reflector.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

1 Get your foam board. You can usually find that at a nearby dollar store or a craft store. Measure out a 9″ X 12″ inch ‘sheet’.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

2 Get a pencil and start measuring on the board. Draw a line 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) from one short side and another one 3 inches (7.6 cm) from the other short side.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

3 On the 2.5 inch (6.4 cm) side, measure out another 2.5 inch (6.4 cm), but only do it at the very edge.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

4 On the straight line that you drew that was 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) from the bottom, measure out 1.5 inches (3.8 cm). Check and recheck. The actual cut in the screenshot was made with the measurements backwards. You want the 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) to be the height of the triangle and 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) as the base of the triangle.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

5 At the top of foam board (where the 3 inch line is), measure inward 2 inches (5.1 cm). In this screenshot, this is indicated by the two black lines. This is where you will draw a line in the material you use to create a ‘cup’ type of shape for your reflector.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

6 Put a 1?2 inch (1.3 cm) circle of Velcro in the indicated spots in the previous screenshot. This will help you to form a type of bowl to keep your reflector from losing the light.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

7 Consider where you will add the Velcro circles the front.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

8 Add a couple more of the Velcro circles on the back. This template will give you rough ideas of where you want things. Remember that one side (like the front) will be the hook side of the Velcro and the other (the back) will be the loop side of the Velcro.

How to Make a Basic Template for Creating a DIY Reflector

9 Assemble your reflector and test it out. In this screenshot, the one on the left used the reflector, the one on the right, did not. Other than that, there was no change made in how the two photos were shot.

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