Home Depot Week: Foil-Backed Tape

The first time I saw this stuff, the word, "coool" involuntarily escaped my lips: Aluminum foil. And tape. All mashed together.

Okay, the possibilities for light mods here are pretty much endless. Ringlight internals, beauty dishes, custom macro reflectors -- go nuts. The stuff is pretty cheap, too, depending on how big your project is.

HD has is by the 30' x 1.89" roll for $2.27. Or you can get it here, too. (Scroll down.)

I am curious to see what ideas you might have in store for this. Hit us in the comments.



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Anonymous Steven said...

You could always just use it cover our lightstands, cameras, flashes.... anything else that stays still long enough..... make it look space-age-y


Nice find though David, I've not got a clue what i'd use it for but the geek in me wants it!

October 26, 2007 3:47 AM  
Blogger Bach said...


UK readers could find similar item here

October 26, 2007 5:16 AM  
Anonymous Greg said...

I actully used some last week to line the inside of a cake tin for a ring flash. It works so much better than glue & "normal" foil...
This weekend, i'm going to make a flash softbox & line the inside of the box with it. It is also useful for when the kids get out of hand... ;-)

October 26, 2007 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be easier to use than aluminium foil when creating reflective surfaces either on reflectors or inside light boxes.

October 26, 2007 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have used it to get some extra reflection off one side of a Lightsphere -
Mr. Hobby Much respect for what you do - I am a Pro shooter but I have so much room for improvement till I meet my maker - thanks for helping me get there - to the former, not the latter

October 26, 2007 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Moxica said...

I do understand how "Dory" was distracted by "Look! Something shiny" in "Finding Nemo": She's a fish.

Distracting a Strobist with the same line would be just as effective.

October 26, 2007 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Flex-Elbow for outside home gutters(extends from 8"-18")

Black gaffer's tape(to cover white gutter flex-elbow, we don't want any light leakage)and also to modify the opening at one end to accommodate whatever type of flash one may have.

Foil Tape to line the inside "with strips" to form a DIY high-powered snoot for speedlights.

Will try to post example after become a strobist member. You guy rock here.

October 26, 2007 9:01 AM  
Blogger Rams said...

Can be used to line the inside of our cardboard snoots.

October 26, 2007 9:20 AM  
Anonymous rawcapture said...

you can ditch all the reflectors and tape your assistant with this stuff.

"Could you take a baby-step towards the key? Ok great, now turn clockwise 20 Deg. Super."

October 26, 2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger Jeremey said...

I found that stuff a couple weeks ago and bought some with two uses in mind: 1) as a reflector for creating unique background patterns; 2) to wrap my a model in.

For the reflector, I just randomly covered black foam core with pieces of the tape, and then bounced a strobe off of it onto the background.

The model shoot is coming up, I'll let you know how that goes (probably there will be images on Flickr).

October 26, 2007 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Elliott K. said...

1 roll of tape will be almost enough to cover 2 sheets of 20x30 foam-core.

Home Depot Week on Strobist is just too cooooool! I went to the Ikea grand opening here last week. There's definitely some Strobist DIY potential in the housewares section.

October 26, 2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

If you like Home Depot, you'll love www.mcmaster.com They have foil tape in several thicknesses of aluminum. Plus, they deliver, so it's like Christmas.

Also, the Aluminum tape is substantially more opaque than gaffer's tape (duh!). Having worked on optical instrumentation in Biotech, you learn a few tricks about light proofing things.

October 26, 2007 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Grant Bivens said...

You could use the tape to cover a baseball cap to protect from any alien mind reading attempts which would steal all your photographic knowledge.

Or you could place the tape in a corner with a smooth bend in the corner to create a backdrop for macro photographer. You could then use some gels and get some funky background colors/reflections...

Grant Bivens

October 26, 2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger IllOgical said...

haHA! I'm gonna molest a regular umbrella and turn it into a reflector ... and I'm gonna steal my kids' ball to turn it into a disco reflector ball ... and .. and... I'll do the guinea pig as well ... and ... and... I'm gonna ease down on the caffeine!


October 26, 2007 1:31 PM  
Blogger JT from KC said...

To repair my old ragged Plume Wafer softbox. It has(had)a thin layer of foil inside that's now shredded.
I'll just leave the softbox assembled since it may not fold up after the fix . Thanks!

October 26, 2007 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Mike Hodson said...

I love this foil tape. As kids, we used to tape up our socks to look like 'space boots'...and I'm pretty sure I taped up my sister with it one time.

October 26, 2007 2:02 PM  
Blogger designbymichael said...

Actually... spend less and try using mosaic mirror tiles:


You can get 100 of them for about $4.00...which might work nicely in that DIY ringlight... like an inverted mirrorball.

I'll give it a try and post my results.

- Michael
- http://www.groundlevelphoto.com

October 26, 2007 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the greatest idea:
Mike Hodson said...

I love this foil tape. As kids, we used to tape up our socks to look like 'space boots'

I'm off to tape my socks right now. You're never too old ;-))

October 26, 2007 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We 3M employees and stockholders thank you...

October 27, 2007 2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used this tape for the inside of my pvc drain ringlash that you posted recently. It is kind of ridiculous how well it works. I tested the ring with just the plain white and it worked well but with the foil tape it metered almost a full stop brighter. I was psyched.

Aaron buckley


October 27, 2007 6:26 AM  
Anonymous mark said...

Funny you post this.
I was at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and I came across a big roll of "decorative adhesive metal sheet". It comes in big squares with adhesive backing.

October 28, 2007 1:23 PM  
Blogger James P. Waters said...

What is pvc drain "ringlash"
I would love to find gold foil tape for DIY reflectors.

October 30, 2007 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Insinkerator said...

wrap yourself up in it (like a mummy)and run through the beach on a hot sunny day. im sure you would have some fun blinding people :D

July 17, 2008 5:58 PM  

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