Reflectors (Oval or Round)

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by shanguli, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. shanguli

    shanguli Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2014
    canada
    am thinking of getting one of those 5 in 1 reflectors, but which is overall better choice (the Oval/Rectangular OR the Round/Circular type)? & WHY!
    thanks!
     
  2. TucsonLawrence

    TucsonLawrence Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2013
    Tucson
    Lawrence Richards
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  3. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Oval, because few of my subjects are round.
     
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  4. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2012
    Are your subjects long/narrow like people or rectangular (like four-legged animals). The only reason for an oval reflector is to cast more reflection (or shade) in an elongated pattern. I have the 5-in-1 round and have never needed an oval reflector; however, anyone specializing in full-length portraiture or fashion photography Mac find the oval reflector useful.
     
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  5. shanguli

    shanguli Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2014
    canada
    Thanks for getting back to me guys
    I do want to use to shoot people, portraiture, group...
    but how come I see most of photographers out there shooting ppl, use round, at least that's what seems to be the case?
     
  6. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 4, 2014
    For close-ups, round makes sense, and even groups of 2-3. In any case, I wouldn't worry too much - in the end you may even want two sets, or maybe you find you get enough from either.
     
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  7. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2012
    I've seen 8 foot reflectors and even know a guy who bought two 8 foot umbrellas to light his large church choir. I guess if you get that big, shape isn't important. If your reflectors are large enough, they can be morphed into any shape to both highlight and shade simultaneously.
     
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