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Umbrellas: what's the difference between white ones and silver ones?

No, Nothing to do with the temperature. It changes the hardness of the light. There are two usages of a white umbrella. As a bounced light inside it, or as a fast-setup softbox, passing the light ...
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Can I carry umbrellas and large light modifiers without special backpacks or bags while traveling?

I know they have specialty cases, soft and hard, The "special cases" are often fairly rudimentary canvas bags that just happen to be long and skinny, but they don't necessarily offer a lot of ...
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What speedlight focal length should I use with an umbrella

Use focal length that will not throw light past the umbrella. There are lots of different umbrella sizes, some very large. I think 50 or 70mm would be fine. As advised above just try and see what ...
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how to find the length of an umbrella?

For most photographic umbrellas used as light modifiers, the shaft is near the same length or slightly longer than the surfaces of the umbrella when they are collapsed. Since the umbrella is measured ...
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Continuous light with Umbrella or Lightbox?

I would vote for the softbox in that instance. The softbox is an enclosed reflector, so there is very little stray light spill, and we assume all of the light goes forward to the aim point (it can't ...
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What speedlight focal length should I use with an umbrella

Umbrellas are normally used to modify light outputs(light modifiers) as light diffuser. The wider the umbrella in diameter, the more diffused and wider coverage it will produced. The farther the ...
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What speedlight focal length should I use with an umbrella

Do a test. Lower your camera aperture because your test subject is your umbrella. Setup your umbrella to hold the light at the proper distance and shoot some photos to it. You also need to see the ...
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Umbrellas: what's the difference between white ones and silver ones?

White umbrellas produce softer shadows while silver ones produce harder shadows.
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How to achieve the same effect of bouncing against the ceiling without a ceiling?

Why don't you want to bounce the flash against the ceiling? Because the ceiling is dark, too high or there is no ceiling? In such a situation, I think MagBounce or an umbrella is your best option, ...
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How to achieve the same effect of bouncing against the ceiling without a ceiling?

Which aspect are you trying to reproduce? The light from above? You can bounce light off anything, so any large white (or silver, or whatever color you prefer) thing can be held off camera and have ...
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Can I carry umbrellas and large light modifiers without special backpacks or bags while traveling?

Umbrellas and light modifiers are fairly robust, and most come with a pouch or cover. I carry all my umbrellas, light stands, and a lightbox in an old gym bag. The only issue I had was making sure to ...
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What lighting gear to get after my speedlight?

Am I heading in the right direction? Yes. Does it make sense to mix continuous light with flash like this to achieve high-key portraits? Yes, once you understand how to balance flash against the ...
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What are the effects of umbrella size?

The task of an umbrella light is to convert a petite light source so that it functions as a broad light source. Small light sources function almost as if they are point light sources. In other words, ...
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