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March 22nd, 2008, 04:22 PM
I need to replace some old umbrellas. Can any one tell me what the big difference is between white, silver, and black backed. I want to have a good all around set.
March 22nd, 2008, 05:07 PM
And while we're on the subject, how about "shoot-thru" umbrellas, and "brolly boxes", like these:
March 22nd, 2008, 06:24 PM
Hi Tad and Nill.
The differences are as follows:
White, is softer and has higher loss of light.
Silver, has more contrast and has less loss of light.
"Black Backed" umbrella, prevents light from spilling/going somewhere you do not want it to and usually will double as a "Shoot-Thru" umbrella.
"Shoot-Thru" umbrella, is softer and has less loss of light than the white.
"Brolly Boxes", are a cross between a "Shoot-Thru" umbrella on the front, a "Black Backed" on the rear, sort of a poor mans soft box.
March 22nd, 2008, 07:56 PM
The "black backed" sounds like the most useful or at least most versatile overall choice then, no?
March 24th, 2008, 03:53 PM
I have seen white with removable black backs to be used as shoot thru or reflector. That's probable what I'll llok for so they will be more versatile. I guess the next question is how big?