Truthfully Now, How Much Difference Is There Between A White, Silver And Translucent Umbrella Deep?

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How much difference does it really make if you shoot with a silver Umbrella Deep, a white Umbrella Deep or a translucent Umbrella Deep? To find the answer, we asked photographer Klara G to do a little test for us. Here are the results. 

The umbrella is to photographers what the Technics SL-1200 is to DJs. In other words, the umbrella is, by far, the most common and most widely used Light Shaping Tool out there. It is so for a good reason. The umbrella is affordable, very easy to use, and extremely easy to fold and bring with you to an on-location shoot.

But that does not mean you cannot be creative and do a lot of different things with them. For instance, how you position and direct your umbrella has a huge effect on the light character. What size and shape of umbrella you use is also a determining factor.

Then there is the fact that most brands of umbrellas are available in different fabrics. All four sizes (small, medium, large and XL) of Profoto Umbrellas are available in white, silver and translucent versions. In addition, the white and silver versions can be equipped with diffusers, while there is a Backpanel for the translucent one. Adding any of these accessories will also change the light character.

But truthfully now, how much difference is there really between a white, silver and translucent umbrella. And how much difference do the accessory really make?

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Watch Drew Gurian’s Portrait Being Transformed Into a 40 Foot Mural

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Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, he’ll be bringing you a behind-the-scene perspective, navigating the freelance marketplace of one of the busiest photo markets in the world – New York City. This is the third part of his story.

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate on a very cool project with the elctro pop duo Denitia & Sene, Red Bull NYC, and Colossal Media.

One of the portraits I shot of Denitia & Sene was transformed into a hand-painted, photorealistic 20’x40′ mural by the amazing crew at Colossal Media, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It took a three person crew of painters five days to complete the mural, and I can’t express how amazing it is to see in person.

Check out the video above to see a behind-the-scenes look into the shoot itself, as well as a time-lapse of the painting.

As for the lighting itself, we set up three different scenarios throughout the day, and here’s the basics of each.

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Jeremy Snell Uses the New Umbrella Deep S to Create a Beautiful Light in the Harsh Sun

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Humanitarian photographer Jeremy Snell recently packed his bag and went to Nairobi to shoot some portraits on location. The trip required a lighting solution that was light enough to carry around, but powerful enough to overpower the African sun. Plus, Jeremy knew that the gear had to be able to take a beating. Keep reading to learn what solution he found.

The Shoot

Hawaii-based photographer Jeremy Snell was asked to shoot a series of promotional images for the charity organization Serving Orphans Worldwide. The assignment required Jeremy to travel to Nairobi to photograph the children living at one of the organizations many orphanages.I grew up traveling, so photographing people from all over the world is a natural thing for me,” says Jeremy. “I’ve always known I wanted to be a humanitarian photographer ever since.

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On A Faraway Beach With Sandra Åberg & The New Profoto Umbrella Deep

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Six new umbrellas have been added to the growing family of Profoto umbrellas. The new umbrellas are unique in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolic. Photographer Sandra Åberg has tried out the medium version. Here is her story.

Sandra Åberg shoots fashion. And weddings. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes both at once.

When I first started, people told me I couldn’t do both. They told me you have to choose. But you should never tell me what I can or cannot do because then I just have to prove that I can do it!

“So, now I’m a fashion and a wedding photographer. Some call it Bridal Couture, which I kind of like.

Sandra enjoys the variation. It keeps her on her toes, she says.

“The fashion photography aspect brings such creative freedom. It’s something I’m very passionate about. The wedding photography, on the other hand, is very much about capturing a special moment or an event. But I do my best to be creative here too. If possible, I want my wedding shots to be like a bridal editorial, telling the story of the couple and their undying love.”

 

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Victoria Will’s Moment With Brad Pitt. The Story Behind a Celebrity Portrait.

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New York-based photographer Victoria Will faced a challenge. She was in a small room with noting but floral wallpaper, a huge table and some chairs. In a few minutes time Brad Pitt would enter the room to have his portrait taken. Here is how she did it. 

The Shoot

It was 2013 and Brad Pitt was in New York City to promote his new movie World War Z. Journalists and photographers had been invited to a press junket at local hotel. One of them was celebrity photographer Victoria Will. “These kinds of shoots are always a challenge,” says Victoria. “They don’t tell me what kind of room we’ll shoot in, what clothes the subject will wear or how much time we’ll have.”

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