Photographing in the studio is a great way to control light and one of the most usefull tools that is often overlooked are reflectors. Yes speed lights and studio strobes and modifiers are great to have but how do we control light spill?
In this educational tutorial I'm gonna share how I made my own V-flats in 2 days to use in the studio and why these are a great tool to have in our photographic arsenal and how I used them to make this self portrait using only one key light.
First let me just mention what are these V-flats and why they are usefull. V-flats are basically two foam boards that are heald in the middle and are able to fold either once or twice, with one side painted white and the other painted black. This set up can be used in a few different ways but for me the most importand one is to be able to block light reflecting or bouncing back on the subject. Very simmilar to a reflector but with the added ability to use negative reflection, i,e block the bounce of light.
I started by visiting my local Leroy Merlin
in search for some large foam boards. I found these insulation panels
that mesured 60cm by 250cm that apear to be sollidly made and wouldnt fray over time. I knew I didnt want them that tall and that I would cut the down to the desired size to fit my studio. I also got a 3L black mat paint, a 3L white paint and primer. I also picked up a white and a black gorilla tape to bind them together at the end. I started by trimming the edges of the boards as mine had a small lip on each side, I went with a three coat primer on both sides using a roller and a paint bruch, letting them dry in between coats.