The company that brought us the first monolight with built in TTL is today announcing new umbrellas. First off, there are 12 new umbrellas and they’re all offered in two shapes: deep or shallow. All the umbrellas come in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. Then there are your configurations of silver, white, or white transparent. It’s nice to know that users have the choices as deep umbrellas tend to throw light in a more targeted area while shallow umbrellas throw it out everywhere.
We’ve got no official work on pricing yet, but Profoto’s anything isn’t usually in the reach of mere mortals. Though when you usually think about how good their products are, the prices are very justifiable. You can check out the umbrellas over at Profoto’s page.
Judging from the name of the new Phottix Para-Pro umbrella, one would think that it is a parabolic. In fact, many companies say that their umbrellas are parabolic. In fact, a parabolic umbrella is one that allows you to shape the throw of the light–and many use it to just market the fact that the throw can look like that of a parabolic umbrella. The company now has a brand new reflective interior umbrella listed on their site, and they’re stating that it will provide snappy highlights. Indeed, most silver umbrellas do this.
They’re available in a 72″, 60″ or 40″ size. The latter is guaranteed to give you some incredibly beautiful light output. Prices will be available within a couple of days.
The first lighting modifier that most folks go for are softboxes. The reason for this is not only because of their popularity, but also because of the quality of light that they can deliver. Softboxes are shaped and designed in a way to deliver what is known as directional light–meaning that the light is also very direct and not scattered and spread around. Because of this, you generally also have more control. On top of this factoid, softboxes also take a harsh light source and through reflection and diffusion, soften it to give a really beautiful look to the image. And they come in all shapes and sizes–but as per the rule, the larger the light source is in relation to the object, the softer the light will be.
Here’s our sort introductory crash course to using softboxes.
In our lighting guides so far, we’ve given you folks an introduction to lighting modifiers and also introduced you to ring flash. But today, we’re talking about a personal favorite: umbrellas. These lighting modifiers are one of the most versatile modifiers that can fill in the space of a softbox or a beauty dish, and they can embrace their own unique tendencies to spread light out in a large area. But because of their large size, it is sometimes very tough to get any sort of hard lighting out of them. As a quick refresher, hard light means that the shadows are very dark–where the converse is soft light, where the shadows are very light or almost non-existent.
In this guide, we’ll give you the skinny on all you need to know to get started with them.
Natural light is beautiful and can help you create some equally stunning photos–if it’s used correctly. While you can surely find items in your natural surroundings to help you create better images, it isn’t always possible or practical. But if you want to work with natural lighting and make it work the best for you, then there are three items that I’ve been using for years that I’m in love with.
David Hobby found a brand new type of umbrella from B2Pro lighting. I’m a big personal fan of 7 foot parabolic umbrella with a silver interior to bring out some wonderful specular highlights on a subject, but this umbrella is totally different. The interior consists of RGB photo sites which are said to work better with digital sensors. The description specifically states that it is designed for digital CCD sensors–and the only professional grade cameras with CCDs anymore are medium format.
While it does seem logical, I’m not sure that it is really viable. Anyone going for this umbrella will also probably spend time in Lightroom or Photoshop, and that can nullify nearly any major effects if you have a working knowledge of color theory. Additionally, personally like using umbrellas and Pocket Wizards with my X Pro 1–which has an X Trans Sensor that randomizes the RGB pattern.
We’d be interested in testing the unit overall though–but B2Pro has quite the mountain to climb against the likes of Westcott and others.