What makes umbrellas so interesting is their light weight, their portability, their fast opening system, and its affordable price!
But when buying an umbrella, it’s important to know which one to use for your photography style.
Let’s take a closer look together and see which one you should get.
The first thing to consider is size.
Elinchrom offers umbrellas in either 105 cm or 85 cm.
The choice is a matter of whether you intend to shoot outdoors, on location, or in a big studio.
So, if you have space and want a slightly softer quality of light, then 105 cm is perfect. 105 cm may not seem big at first but, if you shoot in your apartment, the 85 cm will probably be a better choice, leaving you with more space to refine your lighting.
The translucent is a great option for beginners with no experience with off camera flashes. It creates a very soft light, similar to a diffused window light.
What is so great about this kind of light is that it won’t make skin imperfections as visible as a beauty dish or a silver umbrella would.
It’s also interesting when a wide spread of light is required. For example, wedding photographers will love this for group shots, while portrait and studio photographers may use it as a fill light.
The silver umbrella is the definite fashion photographer’s choice. It’s fantastic in many ways.
As you can notice with the comparative images, it offers great control over the spread of light.
The light is harder than with the translucent umbrella. The shadows are well defined and the highlights are crispier with less chance of unwanted reflections.
This kind of light is appreciated when details are key, which is why many fashion photographers use it – it makes fabrics’ details stand out like nothing else while being less harsh than a metallic reflector.
As a starter in flash photography, you may want to invest in an umbrella with a removable cover. This way you can use it as both a reflective or as a shoot-through/translucent umbrella.
Remove the black reflective fabric and you have a translucent umbrella. Need more control over the light? Put the reflector back on and you have a reflective umbrella.
It’s also a great tool as a backup light shaper because it’s versatile and doesn’t eat space at all!
Umbrellas do a fantastic job to softly illuminate the subject in a very simple way.
Umbrellas are very small and can easily be stored and taken anywhere.
Easy set up
Everyone knows how to unfold an umbrella.
Central umbrella tube
The unique central tube is perfectly centred with the Elinchrom system than with any other flash system.
Photographic gear is usually quite expensive, umbrellas are not.
Get all of them and start to experiment and find out what works best for you.
Have fun, be creative, and make great pictures!
Photography is an incredible art form. Creating something you have imagined in your mind and bringing it to life is a true gift. – Stef King
You don’t need to fall into the trap of needing an obscene amount of lights in your studio setups. – Felix Kunze