lighting that is used to focus on the subject or object being photographed. Both umbrellas and soft boxes decrease the harshness of direct lighting and can reduce the risk of unwanted shadows appearing in a photo. If you take a look at an image taken with an on-board flash, you’ll understand the problems that occur when relying only on that type of light source.
What Are They?A photographic umbrella is a small umbrella that is made with an inner lining that reflects light. The light from the strobe inside an umbrella will reflect off of the lining. In contrast, a soft box is a box that is either the shape of a square or a rectangle and contains your light source. A thin piece of material at the front of the soft box softens or diffuses the light it covers.
Which Should You Use?There are distinct differences between soft boxes and umbrellas. Typically, umbrellas are less expensive than soft boxes, which makes the umbrella a better choice for photographers who are just starting out and have a tight budget. Umbrellas are also a good way to learn to use your photographic equipment prior to adding new and more complicated equipment. Compared to a soft box, umbrellas are more portable and easier to transport for location shoots.
Do you use an umbrella or soft box?
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
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