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The Photographer's Toolkit
Product Reviews: Lastolite 18” TriFlip 8:1 Reflector Kit
by Marla Meier, Editorial Director
Categories: Business of Photography, Camera Equipment Review, Photography Reflectors, Camera Gear
If Mother Nature’s light, or your interior or flash lights, are just not providing the correct lighting you need when creating your images, then you can control the direction and amount of light by changing the color tone, diffusing, bouncing, angling, reflecting, softening… the creative choices and versatility are yours when you utilize the Lastolite TriFlip 8:1 Reflector Kit.
Fully open, it measures 22 inches long (reflector is 18”) x 21.25 inches wide at the widest point, with an 8.5 x 2.5 x 0.75 inch rubberized handle.
Reversing or changing the reflector sleeves is quick and easy. If you want to utilize one of the interior reflectors, just turn it inside out. To change the sleeve on the TriFlip, just release the Velcro along the bottom edge of the sleeve, fold the two longest sides of the TriFlip together and slip the sleeve on or off.
If you’re working alone, the TriGrip handle offers good support to the TriFlip, is comfortable in your hand and is easy with which to work. It has adjustable Velcro strips on both sides, so you can choose to slide your hand between the handle and Velcro for a bit more support. I found I used the Velcro strips more for transporting an open TriFlip when walking a short distance from one image making area to another. It was certainly easier to just leave the TriFlip open and use the strips to hang it above one of the quick locks on a tripod leg. Now granted, having an assistant would make using it a whole lot easier, so pay attention that your hand has not moved from your chosen position before you click on the shutter release.
The 3/8 inch
collapsible, supporting spine of the TriFlip appears sturdy and when open,
its rigidity easily supports and holds taut the diffuser and reflector
sleeves. To collapse the TriFlip down to its portable size of 8 x 10.25
inches, you merely twist it around and it curls within itself. Now
just slide it in its carrying case and you’re on your way.
In the Field
I focused in on the edge of a rose petal and then used different reflectors to show what effect they have on an image. The intensity of the reflection will depend on how close you place the reflector to your subject. Here there are subtle, but obvious differences within each image. You can use reflectors to remove the darker shadows and create softer images. It will be an artistic choice on which effect pleases you most.
Reflectors play an important role if
you're creating portrait images. You're going to have
great fun as you watch the shadows disappear and the skin tones
change before your eyes.
The Lastolite TriFlip 8:1 Reflector Kit size is quite easy with which to work and convenient if you’re working alone in the field. It’s versatile, easily portable, lightweight and perfect for single or maybe double portraits and smaller photo subjects. I would surely recommend this kit to all levels of photographers and suggest adding this to your Holiday wish list.
Price point: $128.00 - Lastolite TriFlip 8:1 Reflector Kit
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