A&P Umbrellas

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by SenenCito, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    New York, NY
  2. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    9,287
    Likes Received:
    0
    they'll do the job!
     
  3. natelam

    natelam New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2006
    Messages:
    711
    Likes Received:
    0
    First, if you want to use SB-800s, you will need umbrella adapters wit hot shoe mounts like these:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=42160&is=REG&addedTroughType=search

    Secondly, you might to think about buying additional umbrellas (white translucent, and silver) for more lighting options. The photogenic set is not bad for the price - but their uses are limited, and you'll have the same look pretty much every time. Buy a couple photoflex reflectors (gold, silver large).

    Thirdly, I would think about the Nikon SU-800 so that you don't have to waste one of your flashes as a master controller.

    With that, you're pretty set to go for some simple portrait work. Personally, I use mostly softboxes but on a budget, umbrellas are great.
     
  4. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    New York, NY
  5. hash browns

    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2004
    Messages:
    95,390
    Likes Received:
    85
    Location:
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    the umbrella/hotshoe adapters shoudl only cost about $15... grab some cheap used light stands and maybe 45"+ sized :bateman:s ...not as nice as a softbox, but much quicker
     
  6. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    New York, NY
    hmm so, are there any softboxes that I can just adapt to a flash, same as with the umbrella?
     
  7. mojito

    mojito New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2003
    Messages:
    62,877
    Likes Received:
    0
    There are 2 types of umbrellas, shoot through and bounce. Bounce is the most common. You can get some that do both, you just remove the black layer and they are shoot through then. I know calumet makes some.

    Calumet (calumetphoto.com) is a great place to get studio stuff. I have got a lot of items from them. They're heavy duty background support system for 100 is a great pickup, and the p-22 diffusion flat system too.
     
  8. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    New York, NY
    so basically using an umbrella as shoot through is very similar to a softbox?
     
  9. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    New York, NY
  10. natelam

    natelam New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2006
    Messages:
    711
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, Chimera makes a SB-800 speedring adapter for softbox use, and so does Photoflex I believe. Shoot through umbrellas is NOT as good as softboxing - not as soft, and a lot less control over the light, and you can't modify the light with a grid, etc... But, in a pinch, it will do. If you were going to get softboxes, I recommend a Photoflex kit if you want stay cheap(er).
     

Share This Page