Umbrella Size

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  1. johnbergsing

    johnbergsing TPF Noob!

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    Hi all! Brand new here. I have a question regarding umbrella size.

    I am wondering what the pros and cons are of using larger umbrellas (60") over smaller umbrellas (32")?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Of course the larger the umbrella, the larger the area you are lighting, but I would say it mostly depends on what your light source is.

    If you are using battery powered flashes, the smaller umbrellas will give you stronger more usable light, but a smaller area is lit. I don't go above 45" for myself but that is mostly becuase when shooting indoors they are not too intrusive, easier to work with and light smaller areas, which is what I want.

    If you are using 110 (or 220 if in Europe), the strobes are generally a lot more powerful and you can get away with a larger umbrellas, but even then, do you notice that even with the high end strobes, companies are including only smaller umbrellas with their kits? I'm talking 32-45 inches maximum.

    In the end, it depends on your needs and desires. If you use a little common sense, the above becomes quite clear as to what is the right choice for you.
     
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    Thanks, and good point. So let me ask you this: For general portrait work, including multiple subjects, and using a B800, would you choose a 48" or 60" shoot thru?
     
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    You should have a range of sizes. One size does not fit all. Multiple subects require larger umbrellas or multiple umbrellas.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     

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