question about umbrellas

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  1. blythe

    blythe TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    I was told to purchase a silver lined umbrella for what my needs were.

    I was searching on B&H for them but they didnt seem to have them. I was wondering if it was under a different name or what not. All I really saw was silver umbrellas with black backings and just plain silver umbrellas.

    Please help me out thanks.

    I am basically going to be shooting indoors of clothes either laying flat on the floor or hanging on the wall.

    thanks
     
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    Samanax TPF Noob!

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    Either of these are what you're looking for.
     
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    does the size of the umbrella really matter for what i am using it for?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    When it comes light modifiers...bigger means softer, which is usually better...but it may not be a big issue for you. I think an average size (36-42") should work fine for you.
     
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    do I need 1 or 2 umbrellas to control the light if I am just shooting shirts?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's really up to you...but if I was shooting clothes, I might use at least two lights, both with umbrellas (or softboxes) so that the light is mostly soft & even. That being said, if you want to show the texture of the material, you might want to have a light without an umbrella, making it 'hard'.

    If you are trying to figure this out from scratch, there will probably be a fair bit of experimentation...so you will need to find out what works for you.
     

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