This week my “pick” is an accessory called the Lastolite TriGrip. These are triangle-shaped reflector and diffusors with a small handle on one end.
About the Lastolite TriGrip
The Lastolite TriGrip series comes in both reflectors (gold/silver/white) and diffusers and come in a variety of sizes (I prefer the 30-inch for reflectors and 48-inch for diffusers). They have a handle on one end which makes them easy to and carry, and also collapse down into a small, flat circle for easy storage and transport.
Why I like this item
I enjoy photographing food and other table-top items, and oftentimes I am shooting with window light. When doing so, I almost always diffuse the light to soften and spread it around my scene with some type of diffuser. The best part about the TriGrip diffusers is that they sit flat on a table (while leaning against something, like a window) and don’t roll off the table like round diffusers do. It’s also nice to not have to secure the diffuser to a stand; one less thing to have to navigate around in my small shooting space!
For photographers who don’t do tabletop photography, the TriGrips are useful because they allow you to hold your camera in one hand, and add some fill-light with the other using only one hand. I do this quite often, even with food photography, so that I can add a pop of fill light to the scene while also pressing the shutter. I also find that they are quite easy to hang on a light stand or other stable item to diffuse strobes or flashes.
The reflectors are also very easy to collapse and pack away, and fit nicely inside of a camera bag.