Live Workshop – Umbrella Lighting

Umbrellas are one of the most prolific lighting modifiers, with many photographers owning, or using, them at least once in their career. However, many photographers often quickly upgrade to other modifiers such as softboxes, beauty dishes or even parabolic reflectors without fully realising exactly what they could achieve with umbrellas.

In this live show Karl takes a closer look at umbrella lighting, exploring how these affordable modifiers work, what makes each of them different and how you can use them. This show provides comparisons between the different types of umbrellas as well as with other modifiers such as softboxes, beauty dishes and paras.

You’ll clearly see how effective these affordable modifiers can be as well as how they compare to other, more high-end, modifiers and Karl also shares his opinion on which modifier from the show offers the best value for money.

In this photography workshop we cover the following:

  • Umbrella lighting
  • How umbrellas work
  • Different types of photography umbrellas
  • The advantages of umbrella lighting
  • Lighting modifier comparisons:

– Shoot through umbrella vs reflective umbrella
– Reflective umbrella vs deep umbrella
– Umbrellas vs softboxes
– Umbrella vs beauty dish
– Umbrellas vs parabolic reflectors

If you have any questions about this live show, please post in the comment section below.

Comments

  1. Hello Karl,

    nice tutorial as always. I need to buy an deep umbrella ASAP but i have a problem because Bron 110 model is only available next month, and the other hand i can purchase Profoto 105 version in next 3 days. Do you think is there any difference between these two umbrellas as far as silver material goes, i understand that there is a small discrepancy in dimensions?

    Best regards
    Igor

  2. Hi Karl

    Great show as always….. Do you recommend using the beauty dish bare bulb or with a small reflector?

    Amit

    1. Hi Amit, you can only use the Beauty dish bare bulb as the beauty dish has it’s own small reflector as part of the dish.

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