What is an alternative to umbrellas

Kelly wrote:

I have a Canon XT Rebel what would you recommend for a studio light modifier? We have umbrella lighting and I absolutely hate it.

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3 thoughts on “What is an alternative to umbrellas

  1. StudioLighting.netStudioLighting.net Post author

    Kelly, I’m sorry that you aren’t enjoying the light from your umbrella. Fortunately, there are many alternatives in today’s light modifier market. A very common alternative, for example, would be a softbox.

    Here is an article on softboxes

    Before you make another purchase, however, try some out of the ordinary things with your umbrella. If it is white, you could turn it around and shoot through it, for example. Or, remove it entirely and bounce your light off of a nearby wall or the cieling for a soft even light source.

    Lighting is a very dynamic and exciting area of photography which allows for all sorts of flexibility. Try things and take notes of what you like and dislike – you may just find a use for that umbrella after all.

  2. Michael

    Kelly,
    Have you tried light panels? I made my own 7\’x3\’ panel and gobo for very little $ using pvc pipe and rip-stop nylon. I much prefer panels to umbrellas. Read about them on Lightingmagic.com

  3. Mike

    White foamcore panels work great too. They are very light weight, cheap, easily trimmed to size and shape and readily available at art supply stores.

    I have several sizes from sheet size up to 4’x8′. I use them as fill, as key, as gobo (black ones usually). The nice thing is that they are cheap so you can get multiple ones for the price of a single commercial panel. You can support them many ways. I have used light stands and superclamps as well as DIY wood floor stands.

    When you get up in the 4’x8′ range, go with thick stock like 3/4″…

    Regards,
    Mike


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