Today on the Slanted Lens, Jay P. Morgan will discuss how to use umbrellas on set. Umbrellas are a great modifier and the one that most people start with. They’re inexpensive compared to soft boxes and octodomes, making them very attractive. They collapse and fold away, helping with transporting and carrying with you. They are the first step in controlling light to achieve your photographic vision.
Jay will go over different types of umbrella, going from 30″ white/silver, to 45″, and then 72″. Each type of umbrella produces a different quality of light. To test, Jay will set up a target that will allow him to see how the light spreads. Then uses the umbrellas to shape light on a person’s face.