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This modifier is just the tool for a really big, broad light source that wraps light around your subject for clean highlights and rich open shadows. Due to the special shape of the umbrella there’s a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors. If you combined a beauty dish with a softbox, you’d have a parabolic umbrella.
This umbrella has a unique structural design. The shaft is double walled for strength, but it tapers to 7mm to fit Elinchrom and other European flash heads. Insert the shaft into the tilt bracket below the Elinchrom head. Older models or other brands may require separate purchase of an inexpensive umbrella mount. Instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass and the fixed black backing ensures that all of the light output is on your subject instead of through the umbrella. You can vary the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft for a harder or softer light. This silver version is ideal for throwing the light over a long distance. Two of them could easily light a large group.
If you follow my lighting tips you know that one of my favorite lighting modifiers is a Elinchrom Octabank, but if can’t afford its $1,100 price tag, you can get a similar results from from this Westcott 7′ Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Umbrella Diffuser.
Also available with White Interior or White Diffusion Fabric:
Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe (Order Here for $24.95) ia a lightweight metal bracket that will fit on almost any light stand. It includes a removable, reversible female stud to adapt to light stands with top studs smaller than the standard 5/8″. An additional removable, reversible male stud mounts to the included flash shoe at the 1/4″-20 end, or to another accessory at the 3/8″ end. The metal shoe features a knurled locking knob for secure mounting of all standard shoe-mount flashes.
Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket (Order Here for $18.95) allows you to triple your on-camera flash power when using an umbrella. The Triple Flash Adapter has a brass 1/4″-20 female thread for mounting on light stands having a 1/4″-20 male threaded top stud or the Impact stand adapter listed above.