Photography is such an expensive activity, but some cheap common objects can be very useful, too. If you love shooting macro to flowers or bugs or small things, you know that having enough light available is very important in order to see beautiful results. Outside a studio you should be able to take advantage of sunlight in pretty every hours of the day, from morning to midday to sunset. With wide open aperture probably you’ll lost details, which are fundamental for good macro shoots. A solution? Simply using a reflector panel.
Panels cost money and are often big or large, then uncomfortable to carry with and use. I found a solution: using the lid of an aluminum food tray or container, size A4 / 8.5 x 11 inches. Yes, the same tray you commonly use to maintain food fresh or hot. Here is an example:
I simply put it into my backpack, ready to use, and it is also foldable, so you can use every angle. You only have to control the direction of light ray on your subject and maintain your camera in proper position (if you can use a tripod you can concentrate your control only on the panel angle).
This is the photograph of a red rose, taken without the silver reflector lid (without flash and without tripod):
And this is the photograph of the same red rose, but taken with the reflector lid (without flash and without tripod):
I really hope my post can be useful to all of you!