Umbrella Question

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  1. LilmaK

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    Hey am about to buy an umbrella and two flashes that are triggered by another flash...no cord. Can I use a flash inside the umbrella for fills etc...is that an ok idea? Can I work with the flash bouncing from the umbrella? I'm gonna use it for portaits mainly.
     
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    yes, from what i understand, you can use a flash with a umbrella.

    it would be the same as using a strobe... ive also seen softboxes made to fit over flashes..

    HTH
     
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    Thank a mil..
     
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    Sure! The umbrella is used to change the quality of light by scattering it. One way to think about it is... it's used to change a small, contrasty light into a larger, softer light.

    Some other things do come into play when moving the umbrella closer or further from your subject, but this is a basic way to understand what goes on.

    Pete
     
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    Ummm... isn't a flash a strobe? ...stobe a flash? I don't know of anyone still using flash bulbs yet.

    Pete
     
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    I have got to say that is a really wild setup. I have never in all my years of photography seen such an animal. Kind reminded me of an old Saturday Night Live skit....

    http:/alfrankenweb.com/uplink2.jpg
     
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    If you point your flashgun at a 3x5' board with crumpled, stretched, and flattened aluminum foil spray-glued on (iron it too), you'll have a D-I-Y 'softbox' for 3 bucks instead of 300...

    Doubles as a reflector (just outside the FoV) to open up shadows.

    Of course, like in all the other setups, you need a flashgun with plenty 'oomph'. GN 45 and higher advised.
     

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