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How to get a reflective floor

 
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Aug 07, 2012 22:07 |  #1

I have been seeing more studio images where the floor is reflective - almost mirror like, but with the color of the background and floor. Looks like something transparent placed on the cloth. Just wondering what people are using for the effect.


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Aug 07, 2012 22:13 |  #2

If its anything other than white its usually a 4x8 sheet of plexi.
If its white, then it may well be a sheet of white tile board available at places like home depot for about $15 per 4x8 sheet. Nice thing about the tile board, if you decide you need two, if the overlap is away from the camera the seam is nearly invisible.


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Aug 07, 2012 22:56 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #3

If you decide to buy two, buy them at the same time from the same lot. I just picked up a second tile board from HD, and it is an entirely different shade of white! My previous purchase was only a month ago, but from a different HD location. Just an FYI!

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Aug 08, 2012 07:36 |  #4

Good point. And the overlap away from camera works reasonably well for plexi as well.


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Aug 08, 2012 16:27 |  #5

This is the one I use: http://www.amazon.com …ef=oh_details_o​04_s00_i00 (external link)




  
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Aug 08, 2012 17:49 |  #6

Thanks everyone, what I am looking for is clear - sorry should have been more specific. Question is do you want a flexible sheet of plexi. Also, does anyone know if Home Depot, Lowes or another store that is generally local would carry something like this?

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Aug 08, 2012 19:08 |  #7

HD, lowes they have plexi but not flexible. It is heavy, that is why I like mine that I posted above, it is light, and it can be make it into a tube. It is easier to handle that a big heavy piece of plexy.

I can use with any color, because is transparent.




  
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Aug 08, 2012 19:47 |  #8

Be aware that clear scratches pretty easy. And that scratches and the edge will highlight pretty strong under studio lights. Unless your shooting at 1.something you may have to PS the far edge. Shoot it over black or dark papers and every image will require post.

I used to get my 4x8 sheets from Regal Plastics. Guess you should have a local sign supply nearby if you want to try it out. Make sure to ask or dig thrum the remnants. You might be able to get a chunk to test for cheap.




  
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Aug 09, 2012 08:11 |  #9

fidelfs wrote in post #14832791 (external link)
HD, lowes they have plexi but not flexible. It is heavy, that is why I like mine that I posted above, it is light, and it can be make it into a tube. It is easier to handle that a big heavy piece of plexy.

I can use with any color, because is transparent.

I like what you posted - problem is Amazon does not have it anymore and not link on where I can get something similar. I have been doing some Google searching but nothing is coming up. I will keep looking. Thanks for the responses, I know what to look for now I just need to find it :)


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Aug 09, 2012 08:15 |  #10

Edshropshire wrote in post #14828680 (external link)
I have been seeing more studio images where the floor is reflective - almost mirror like, but with the color of the background and floor. Looks like something transparent placed on the cloth. Just wondering what people are using for the effect.

Plexiglas floor with overhead lighting.


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Aug 09, 2012 08:16 |  #11

dmward wrote in post #14828712 (external link)
If its anything other than white its usually a 4x8 sheet of plexi.
If its white, then it may well be a sheet of white tile board available at places like home depot for about $15 per 4x8 sheet. Nice thing about the tile board, if you decide you need two, if the overlap is away from the camera the seam is nearly invisible.

If it's white it's a muslin or paper under the Plexiglas.


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Aug 09, 2012 10:42 |  #12

http://hurleyprogear.c​om/gear/proboard (external link)


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Aug 09, 2012 11:05 |  #13

Edshropshire,

I have the contact for the same guy in Ebay. I will search when I get home. The price is reasonable around 40 bucks or so. Hurley proboard is 150.00




  
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Aug 09, 2012 11:50 |  #14

I found the seller, he doesn't have it, but he might know where to get more.

The ebay handle is kikokurio




  
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Aug 09, 2012 13:06 as a reply to  @ fidelfs's post |  #15

As others have stated, plexi is the way to go. Another option is a large mirror.

Each material will give different effects.

There are also colored plexi and plexi with different finishes, like frosted, blasted, polished, clear, etc....

just my .02c




  
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