The black backing can be removed to create a "shoot through" umbrella which will give you a softbox lighting effect. Great for still life setups or single light head & shoulder portraits. Use a colored filter in front of the light for some really special effects.
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Real 60" umbrella
This is a huge umbrella. The diameter of 60" is the real distance from rim to rim directly, not going along the back. The shaft must be solid, leaving no dents after mounted on a umbrella holder. The black back with silver inner layer is removable. 16 rib looks sturdy.
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no as describe
no as descrive
Reviewed by 29 customers
It arrived with the sleeve torn and the little doohickey that keeps it open broken. I kept it open with gaffer tape long enought to test it with the cover on. It eats light. The white material is so thin the light passes through and is absorbed by the black cover. When I get over being mad about the broken doohickey I may try it as a shoot-through, but that's not why I bought it.
Great value, does what it is supposed to do. With the rod was a little longer to fine to light spread
Superior build quality. I use it in the studio. Produces very soft gorgeous light.
BUild is OK. I found that the umbrella seems to require a lot of power from the light source, even when only used a fill. In order to use as a key light it would have to be quite close to the subject or you'd have to have a high powered light. I found that models complained more than normal of the light being really bright. Maybe I need to do some more experimentation to use this umbrella correctly.
I'd have to say the only good about this umbrella is the price I paid... but there are some issues that's making me return this for something better even at a slightly higher price... both the inner and outer fabric feels cheap and thin, I done think the sewing joints would last... the shaft feels weak compared to the weight of the umbrella... I am afraid if not mounted farther in, it could bend just bearing its own weight... after removing the black cover just once, the plastic top couldn't be threaded back in as the threads are long gone... could be useful if the build quality was better even if that'd mean a slightly higher price point...
This umbrella is very useful. Works like a dream giving you nice wrap around soft light. I own two, I use them with and without shower caps (Westcott's 7' diffusers work just fine on them). Use them for main, BG or with your filllights.
I was so happy with the first one of these I purchased and the lighting it produced with my Bowens lights, I purchased a second one.
Large and Heavy, suggest you use a sandbag to hold the light stand down. Good materials (But some defects in workmanship, sewing at the top was coming undone when new out of the box, I fixed it with glue). The frame/spokes are plastic instead of metal (I actually like the plastic better, it doesn't get permanently deformed/bent, and is easy to bend and spring back when taking off the black cover). The white material is thin (good for shoot through, but not much light comes back when using as a reflective source with black cover, so I spray painted the inside of black cover white, to double the light for reflections when using black cover). Was shipped in nice double boxes, to protect from shipping damage, (Outer box was torn, but inner box and umbrella were fine).
This creates a very flattering light on all subjects. Due to its size and non overpowering reflective material, the light is unsurpassed. I love soft boxes all sizes and shapes. But since this is so easy to use and results are always predictable, I am changing my ways. I use it for all types of subject matter not just portraits.
Love it especially for large group portraits