View Full Version : One light portrait with 75" umbrella

06-27-2011, 05:30 PM

shot this with a new 75" umbrella (16 rib), with one SB 600 and the new 50mm 1.8G lens

it really produces a huge, soft light source

Large Image (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5115/5878052277_5fe3a6b4ff_b.jpg)

06-27-2011, 07:47 PM
Nice one Ed, just enough fill too IMHO :thumbup:

06-27-2011, 11:22 PM
Thanks Michael, I was shocked at how much light this throws from one strobe and pleased at the results.

06-27-2011, 11:29 PM
I was just reading a thing on flickr where a guy changed the distribution of light within the umbrella by using that little flip out plastic panel on the head of the sb600. When the panel is engaged it uses more of the surface. Haven't tried it myself but then my brolly is tiny next to yours :laughing:

06-28-2011, 04:28 AM
Nice work, Ed!

06-28-2011, 04:49 AM
Thanks JAS!

Michael - these shots were taken with the diffuser down on the SB 600 ( must be reading the same articles and posts), more of the technical info is in this post (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f30/single-light-test-75-umbrella-15217.html) in the lighting section.

06-28-2011, 08:13 AM
really like this one Ed. that's one big light modifier!!!

06-28-2011, 09:40 AM
I like this one too and it's a very good teaching post.
Notice how even though the light is soft, because it is just one light that is not super close to the subject, it creates a softer but still quite dramatic portrait.
The shot would likely be even more dramatic if the T-shirt was black, as the T-shirt is likely adding some reflection.

I'm really enjoying your play lately Ed!

06-28-2011, 12:15 PM
Wonderful portrait, Ed. :thumbup:

06-28-2011, 03:36 PM
Thanks Richard, actually this umbrella stands about 2" taller than me.

Cheers Marko, glad your enjoying my exploration/journey into learnig photography. Might just try the shots over with a black shirt to see just how much effect the white tee might have had.

Thanks Iggy.