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#1 Eric F Adams

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:33 PM

What are the advantage/uses of these convertible umbrellas? ( b and h link below) Instead of the traditional all white.  Is it to block or create certain shades? I would like to start using one.  Any common practices that are certainly a go to?  Shooting on 16mm film. Microbudget. Thanks.   

 

https://www.bhphotov...e_Umbrella.html


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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 06:54 PM

The black cover is so you can use it as a bounce rather than as diffusion. They're used mostly in stills photography, but there's no reason why you couldn't use it for movie work. Controlling spill from them can be a pain though.


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#3 Ed Conley

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:06 PM

For LED or FL bulbs- tungsten will melt those umbrellas.


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#4 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:29 AM

I use them all the time for broad key or soft fill lights. I've got a range of 7' wide Westcott ones. I think they're terrific - you can create a much neater setup off a single stand (than you can with conventional square frames of the same diameter).

They're no good outdoors (to risky in the wind), but for interior, they're an excellent tool.


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#5 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:23 AM

Depending on your lights ..DOP Choice have some nice soft box,s too.. might be "easier" to work with than umbrella,s.. 

 

http://www.dopchoice...oducts/snapbag/


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#6 Eric F Adams

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:14 PM

Thank you guys for the advice and feedback.  


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