Tips for off camera flash through umbrella

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  1. Taylor510ce

    Taylor510ce TPF Noob!

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    I am just beginning to experiment with strobe light. I am doing outdoor photos of my wife and am using a Sunpak PZ42x through a 43" white westcott umbrella. I am looking for general tips and had a few specific questions.

    1 - should I leave the flash at full power and just move the stand closer or subject closer/farther?

    2 - what Zoom should I have my flash at? ( lower like 13mm or higher like 70mm ? )

    I do have a second flash and trigger, so I may try two flashes, but am hoping to just use one for now and get used to that before going further.

    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    adjust the power as you see fit. I keep mind during shoot-throughS at 1/4-1/2 depending on lighting conditions and my iso,f/,ss.

    midrange - too tight you'll loose the spread, too wide you'll loose light.
     
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    The closer your umbrella is the softer the light will be if you move it away you get harder light
     
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    Thanks guys. I have been keeping it on 1/2 or 1/4 it seems but the zoom I was lost on. Makes sense though.
     

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