question about umbrellas


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Jan 28, 2009
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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.

does the size of the umbrella really matter for what i am using it for?
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.
do I need 1 or 2 umbrellas to control the light if I am just shooting shirts?
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 you will need to find out what works for you.

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