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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Best piece of gear under $100.

Q: BEST PIECE OF PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT UNDER $100? SOMETHING THAT EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD HAVE?

A: The Impact 42″x72″ 5-in-1 Collapsible Oval Reflector is invaluable to me. (Find it at bhphoto.com and search for “Impact CRK 4272 5 in 1 Collapsible Reflector.”)

I think every working photographer should own one. Like the umbrella, it is very versatile, like a photographic Swiss Army knife. It can be a black, white, gold, or silver background. It’s a great white, gold, and/or silver reflector. It can help subtract light. It can be a diffuser. You can lay the outer cover down on wet grass and lay on it for low angle shots. You can stuff gear in the cover to keep it out of the elements. You’ll find so many different ...

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