With the holidays over and us in that strange time after Christmas but before the new year, we often find ourselves both stir crazy and broke. With this video from The Creative Contrast, they teach us how to solve that by cheaply creating our own collapsible V-Flats.
V-flats are incredibly versatile tools to be in a photographer's toolkit. However, they can sometimes be expensive and bulky. In this video, we are shown how to make our own anywhere from $20 to about $100, allowing these to fall into most any photographer's budget. The cheapest v-flat shown is also the most convenient, as it collapses small enough to fit into a car, rather than needing a truck to transport and being stuck in your studio. It's also shorter, giving another advantage that it can be used in smaller home studios.
The video also glosses over using large slats of insulation, which have the advantage of both a white side and a shiny side, so it can act like a silver reflector on your normal bounce card. I saw these all the time on film-sets, so it's nice to see these being used in photography as well, though they are much larger here. You can always cut them down to use them as a bigger, sturdier bounce card as well.
Have you ever tried making your own v-flats? Are you going to attempt now that you have this video?