Let’s say you use only one light and keep it in exactly the same position and angle, but you switch between a white, silver and translucent Umbrella Deep – plus you try it with and without the optional accessories – how much of difference will you be able to see? To find the answer, we asked photographer Klara G to try it out.
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Then there is the fact that most brands of umbrellas are available in different fabrics. All four sizes (small, medium, large and XL) of Profoto Umbrellas are available in white, silver and translucent versions. In addition, the white and silver versions can be equipped with diffusers, while there is a Backpanel for the translucent one. Adding any of these accessories will also change the light character.
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“Also, the deeper shape of the Umbrella Deep Silver S really comes into play here. You can get quite different light by simply sliding the shaft in its holder. Personally, though, I almost always put it as close the flash head as possible. That way I get an intimate and crispy light with both softness and contrast.”
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The effect was in all cases a more even light and brighter shadows compared to what she got when she used the black cardboard wall.
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I’ve had some problems with cowboy Studio in the past (easily breakable triggers, unresponsive tech support, etc.), but as I had a studio shoot for a client in less than a week, and needed some umbrellas asap, I figured there wouldn’t be any harm in buying cheap ones that I would only use once.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when these came in.In a nutshell:PROS:+Price: For the price of renting most umbrellas, you can obtain these bad boys for good.+ Reliability: Even though I bought these thinking they would fall apart after a shoot, I was wrong.
In addition to give you a nice soft source of light, its very durable. As long as you take good care of all your equipment you shouldn’t have any problems with these.+Portability: When folded up, you wouldn’t think its a 43′ umbrella.
I am very happy with it’s sizeCONS:- It’s nothing to brag about: While its not the sexiest thing on the market, its reliable and it gets the job done. Think Alien Bees versus Broncolor- Metal Quality: I would have preferred the metal to be a little thicker, but for $11 you can’t be too picky-Customer Support: Not specific to this umbrella, but Cowboy Studio customer support is terrible.
They are here to make a quick buck and you should know that when buying their products.OVERALL:Its a great buy if you a part-time pro. But if you want to step your game up, its highly suggested you go with a well-known brand because equipment does matter.
UPDATE (9/25/2013): The Price is now $17 for it, so you might as well put in $13 more and buy a Westcott 60″ umbrella. Also, I had this fall over outside and break. The cool thing was that the impact protect my $300 speedlight flash.
So Now, I only have to spend $17 for another umbrella (and $12 for a sandbag! Thank me later!)instead of $300 to replace a broken flash.
Met all of my expectations. Well built and seem to be durable. Only wish the black cover were removable to enable shoot through photos. Worth the money.
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Product OverviewThe Fovitec premium black/white reflective umbrella is a efficient, bright soft light shaper that is ideal for any portrait setting. The white umbrella is versatile for any shoot, providing both direction and diffusion. Easy set up gives you expert lighting control wherever you need to shoot, whether in-studio or on-the-go. Get the most out of your artificial lighting with this forgiving modifier.Technical SpecificationsColor: WhiteUmbrella Size: 33″Material: Cast iron shaft and rods, nylon diffuserBox Contents1x umbrella
“The setup was nice and simple,” says Klara G. “I had a single D1 Monolight on a boom, positioned 45° to the right and slightly higher than the subject’s face. The D1 and the umbrella were angled to the left of the subject’s face, so that only the falloff hit the subject’s face. It’s my opinion that if you aim the umbrella straight at the subject, the light gets too harsh. It gets a whole lot more interesting if you do it like this. You get a bit more drama that way. A bit more intimacy.”
Make sure this fits by entering your model number. Contents: 1x 33″ white umbrella Ideal for Studio Portraits & Product Photography: Enhances the lighting on a subject or product Creates a Gentle & Soft Appearance: Fills in shadows and creates soft light, hiding minor imperfections Lightweight & Durable: The cast iron shaft and rods makes the umbrella light and sturdy Quick & Easy Set Up: Gentle gliding locking mechanism makes set up quick and simple
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“I’d also like to point out that if you compare the image shot with the Umbrella Deep White S with the diffuser and the Umbrella Deep Silver with the diffuser, you can see that the light looks almost exactly the same. The only difference I can notice is slight variation in color to the background. It gets a bit less blue with the silver umbrella.”
This review is for 40″ white/black reflective umbrella.The white part of the umbrella is fused to the black and doesn’t separate (for conversion to a shoot through umbrella) I actually prefer it this way as it is neater if an umbrella is inseparable and I’d rather have a seperate one if I want to use a shoot through umbrella.
The materials the umbrella is made of is good quality, except for the shaft that gets dented easily, although it doesn’t seem hollow. My Interfit and Photoflex umbrellas have been used much more and they barely have any dents.
I love the 40″ size. It is great for rooms with 8′ ceilings.
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“Lately, I’ve come to favor silver umbrellas. They create a similar light, but you do get harder shadows and a bit more drama in the image. I like that. As a result, however, silver umbrellas are bit more demanding to work with. You have to be a bit more careful with how you position the umbrella to avoid getting any ugly shadows around the subject’s nose, for instance. But when you get it right, it looks really, really good.
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The umbrella is to photographers what the Technics SL-1200 is to DJs. In other words, the umbrella is, by far, the most common and most widely used Light Shaping Tool out there. It is so for a good reason. The umbrella is affordable, very easy to use, and extremely easy to fold and bring with you to an on-location shoot.
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In recent days I have been asked to do some glamour shoots for a few make up artists in the area. It is different from what I am used to since I am a concert photographer that does mostly local band photography at a variety of local venues.
I use off camera flash, but needed softer light for the glamour shoot so I bought one of these. I read in some reviews that the cconstruction was flimsy, but decided to buy it anyway. When I recieved it I was quite surprised that it is made really well.
I was expecting a hollow shaft that I had plans to press a rod into, but this came with a solid shaft already. I mounted the umbrella onto my flash brackets that I had bought along with it Flash Bracket Swivel Bracket Umbrella Holder Studio Tilting Bracket for Nikon Canon E430 E580 SB600 SB800 SB900 By Fancier Bracket B and started some test shots with my daughter.
The result was nice soft light, not as soft as a soft box or beauty dish, but it was still better than the diffuser that I use on my flash. I am planning on buying one more since they are very inexpesive and exceeded my expectations on the construction!
“White umbrellas used to be my favorites, and they are, without a doubt, the safest bet,” says Klara G. “Let’s say I could pick just one Light Shaping Tool to use for the rest of my life. Well, that would be the white umbrella, because it’s the most versatile and the fastest and easiest to work with. The shadows are always nice and soft. Even if you’re in a hurry and quite sloppy with setting up your lights, you still get a nice result.”
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“The translucent umbrella isn’t really a umbrella in that sense. The light isn’t reflected or directed. It’s diffused and spread. Plus, the shape of the light source if pretty much turned inside out. So you don’t get the same falloff that you’d get with a white or silver umbrella. Instead, you get a light that spreads evenly over a much, much larger area. I think it quite evident if you look at these images.”
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“The diffusor, obviously, diffuses the light and makes it softer and more even. It’s quite evident on the background, where he shadow turns into almost a gradient. It’s nice, the diffusor. It adds a lot of options without adding any weight or taking up more space than necessary.”
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So what do you say? How much difference is there between a white, silver and translucent umbrella? Which one is you favorite? Do you have any question about shooting with an umbrella? Leave a comment below! Both we and Klara G stand ready to reply!
“Again, the diffusor makes the light softer and more even. For instance, the edges of the shadows on her neck are much broader and there is more light reaching the wall behind her.
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“To be honest, I didn’t understand the Backpanel at first. So, it’s a big, black thing you attach to the back of the umbrella? So what? But then I played with it some, and now I get it. For this particular shot, it didn’t make much difference, except slightly reducing the amount of light spilling around the studio. But I’ve just on other shoots where it was actually very helpful. For instance, quite recently I did a shoot where I put the Umbrella Deep Translucent S with a diffuser right above the subject, pointing down. It created this really half-circle of light with a beautiful falloff. So, I’m sure you can do tons of stuff with it.
Arrived ahead of time. Exactly as advertised. Would buy again.
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After these shots, Klara G replaced the black foam boards she used for flagging off light with white foam boards and repeated the entire process. Unlike the black foam boards, which absorbed spill light and created shadows in the subject’s face, the white foam boards reflected the light and created a more even light with less contrast and brighter shadows. The effect can clearly be seen in the images Klara G shot.
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I purchased this umbrella for portability and ease of set up over a more unwieldy soft box for toting along with a dc-powered mono-light for outdoor portraits. With the handful of outdoor portraits shot with this umbrella, I am impressed with the quality of soft light it throws back on its subject.
Also, for my intended outdoor use of the umbrella, I am pleased with its sturdiness. Note, however, that the black cover cannot be removed to leave you with a sheer white shoot-through umbrella as with some umbrellas.
The heavy white vinyl under lining is sewn onto the black cover. Given the performance and price of this umbrella, I consider it a great value and highly recommend.
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But that does not mean you cannot be creative and do a lot of different things with them. For instance, how you position and direct your umbrella has a huge effect on the light character. What size and shape of umbrella you use is also a determining factor.
The description said white reflector and in fact it is a silvery/white cloth and reflects a silvery light, not so bright as a fully silver reflector but not the softer and less specular light of a white reflector.
I wanted and needed a white umbrella and for that reason this one is back in the packing. It is describe at white but is some sort of in between reflector to me and useless in my work until I have a chance to try it out on test subjects.
I needed it for a job at hand and it was not the ticket when a white umbrella was needed. The black does not come off so this is a reflector only and not convertible to shoot-through.(My mistake in assuming the black was removable, not fault of Cowboy Studio description.
) The description of “white” is unfortunately misleading, though I am sure that is accidental but white is not the description to use, It was not expensive an may have a use some time so I will hold on to it.
In the meantime I have to purchase a white reflector with removable black cover from another source to make up for what this one is not. This is the only time I have been disappointed in an item purchased from the vendor.
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For this test, we provided Klara G with one Umbrella Deep White S, one Umbrella Deep Silver S, one Umbrella Deep Translucent S, one diffuser and one Backpanel.
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Finally, Klara G put up two black screens – one to the left and one to the right of her subject. These were used to absorb spill light and to prevent the light from bouncing around in the room. With everything in place, Klara G started shooting.
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How much difference does it really make if you shoot with a silver Umbrella Deep, a white Umbrella Deep or a translucent Umbrella Deep? To find the answer, we asked photographer Klara G to do a little test for us. Here are the results.
“Umbrellas are, by far, my favorite Light Shaping Tools,” says Klara. “I love the beautiful, round catch light they create in the eyes. I also love the light you get when you put the subject close to a wall or a backdrop. The falloff looks great! You are also free to create some nice gradients and lighting effects by simply changing the direction of the umbrella, or by using a flag or a white reflector screen.”
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4.0 out of 5 starsNice little umbrella, wish it came with a better storage solution.
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I haven’t had much opportunity to use this since I purchased it. It seems well made and should give good service indoors with light use.
Klara G shot no less than 12 images with almost exactly same setup. The flash head stayed in exactly the same position. The umbrella shaft’s position in the umbrella holder was the same. The aperture was the same. There were no tweaks in postproduction. The only thing Klara G changed was the actual umbrella and its accessory.
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But truthfully now, how much difference is there really between a white, silver and translucent umbrella. And how much difference do the accessory really make?
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It seems nice enough, I don’t know how durable it will be over the long haul, but the stitching is good. Something like this I’d probably replace from it getting dirty before it would break anyway.I’m taking off a star because it comes in a clear plastic sleeve that seems pretty cheap.
I can see that splitting pretty quickly.
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