How to use a umbrella correctly

7 years 7 months ago #285037 by FunnyGuy
I just bought my first umbrella and wondering:

1. Does the angle to the subject getting photographed make a difference?
2. What is proper distance the umbrella should be extended in front of the flash?
3. When using a light stand, does the height make and difference?

Really appreciate the help.

P.S. if you have any umbrella/flash tips to share, please do so. Thanks again.


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7 years 7 months ago #285038 by effron

Why so serious?
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7 years 7 months ago #285042 by Camera Diva
OK let's see if I can explain this for you.

1. Angle is really up to you on this one. The greater the angle or distance between the camera and the flash will create dramatic lighting. Where as if you have the light close to the camera the lighting will be toned down with less shadows.

2. The key with the distance between the flash and umbrella is so that the flash fills up the umbrella with out spilling over the sides of it. Don't put the flash to close as the umbrella, the light will be to hard.

3. Height is complete up to you and how you want the shadow.

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7 years 7 months ago #285133 by J Hemingway

Camera Diva wrote: OK let's see if I can explain this for you.

1. Angle is really up to you on this one. The greater the angle or distance between the camera and the flash will create dramatic lighting. Where as if you have the light close to the camera the lighting will be toned down with less shadows.

2. The key with the distance between the flash and umbrella is so that the flash fills up the umbrella with out spilling over the sides of it. Don't put the flash to close as the umbrella, the light will be to hard.

3. Height is complete up to you and how you want the shadow.


:agree: good post


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7 years 7 months ago #285213 by Sandy Smith Photos
There is really no set position where the flash should go. You can move it back and forth to control how hard or soft you want the light.


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7 years 7 months ago #285218 by garyrhook
Recommend "Light: Science and Magic"


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