Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by alexromo, Dec 29, 2008.
hmm...guess I need to learn more about this subject, I would have thought reflective would have had more votes has shoot-through would steal more light from the flash I'm curious, edumakate some of us newbies
its a tool box guys. Different tools for the job. Every person is different.
I never use Umbrellas as my main/key, mainly because i have softboxes and better modifiers for that. I use reflective umbrellas for kickers.
Umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, bare flash...all have their uses. Just for kicks, I shot a series of test shots with three modifiers, small softbox, umbrella (in both shoot thru and reflective mode) and my homemade beauty dish. I think I posted the results here before but in case I didn't, here they are again. Note, I didn't bother to use my large softbox and monolights. This was a test of speedlights only.
All the lights were angled at about 45 degrees and approximately 3' away. I was interested in the light falloff pattern on the face.
softbox light pattern
umbrella in reflective mode
umbrella in shoot thru mode
light pattern in reflective mode. I didn't shoot a shot in the shoot-thru mode. Sue me.
beauty dish light pattern
and just for grins, here's a video light (very popular among wedding photographers lately)
and the same light about 15' away. Note the "wrap around" effect when you move the light farther away.
Just for comparison, here's a small softbox shot from 15' away.
followed by a shoot thru umbrella from 15' away.
and finally, the umbrella again from 15' away but reversed.
you know Jcolman, that post would have been infinitely better with one of your daughters as the subject
I kid, I kid...
hey hows that "history of NC" video working out? aren't you working on that now I saw you post it a few months ago and only bring it up because my company is trying to get in with NPS on some historical videos
I agree. I make a horrible subject but at least the price was right.
The project is underway. We've shot the first round of interviews for the first program and the writer is doing her thing. We'll start shooting B roll footage in a couple of months. Funding for the rest of the series is still up in the air.
ah the government....
I'm trying to score the Pipe Spring, AZ video and the Herbert Hoover cellphone tour right now here's hoping to me still having a job next year
Here's hoping we all have jobs next year!
thanks guys, good input
i saw tits pics and some he used a reflective
i saw the comparison and im gonna try reflective in the time to come
lot of jobs are recession proof
My wife's job is one as long as people continue to have babies.
JC...just out of curiosity, you used the "reflective" umbrella without the black cover...don't you lose some of the light? Wouldn't the black cover with it's silver lining be more reflective than a plain white attempting to bounce back? You're the pro so I'm curious to hear your opinion on this.
^^ that's what i thought, too, but i don't own an ummmbrella