Sometimes referred to as a "flecky board", this is a specially-designed reflective surface which is usually used to act as a secondary light source. It is particularly useful as a fill light when working in strong sunlight.
Reflector boards come in white, silver or gold surfaces. Many reflectors have a different type of surface on each side, giving you two lighting options. Gold surfaces provide a warmer look than silver or white.
If you don't have a reflector board you can improvise. Almost any suitably-sized object with a reflective surface will do. Some examples include:
- Windscreen sunshades for automobiles
- Polystyrene sheets
- Tin foil on cardboard (try both sides of the foil for different effects)
How to Fold Up a Reflector Board
Reflector boards are lightweight and flexible, and are normally folded up for transport in a small carry-case. They can be tricky to fold up — if you've never done it you may want to read the instructions below and practice in private before having to do it in front of the whole crew!