As a commercial photographer and photo instructor I love photography equipment that is versatile. All sorts of one off difficult situations come up and I simply don’t have a grip truck following me around with every kind of equipment. So, instead I look for mutli-use tools the solve many of my photography problems with one tool. The Litepanel TriFlip 8 in 1 is one of those tools. It’s a diffuser, soft and hard reflector in white, silver and gold plus a black subtractive surface as well.
What saved me this time was the black subtractive surface. Usually, I use it to subtract light from a subject or as a flag to block the light from hitting a subject. This time I used it behind the camera to eliminate reflections on a glossy surface. I needed a copy of a billboard I did and had a tearsheet too big for the scanner. Since it was laminated, it reflected everything behind the camera. Simply solution was to put the black TriFlip behind the camera and setting the camera to delayed release so my hand and face were out of the way. The Triflip, camera and Manfrotto tripod were all black so no reflections there. A difficult situation solved quickly and effectively with the Litepanel 8 in 1 TriFlip multi-use tool. For another multi use tools I love see my blog entry on the Photo-Movie head by Manfrotto.