Umbrellas are the backbone of many photographers’ toolboxes, understandably so, because they are easy to work with and ideal to bring on location. They come in two lines. The Umbrella Deep, ideal when you want to control the light more precisely, and the Umbrella Shallow that are perfect for wide and even light spread.
Which size and fabric should you get?
The umbrellas comes in sizes from 85 cm to 165 cm. The size affects the softness and spread of light. Think of it like this – the larger the umbrella the softer the light will be. When it comes to fabric, the Silver creates a very crisp, direct light with more contrast and a high light output, a little like the light you’d get from a hard reflector. The White reflects a more natural, softer light. The shoot-through umbrellas (translucent) are used to shoot light through and they diffuse and soften the light by reducing contrast. Translucent umbrellas are perfect to create soft light when you’re very close to your subject.
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