Best photo umbrella for a home-studio & indoor headshots
When I discovered the rectangular photo umbrellas, my first reaction was, “so what’s the point”, but then someone explained to me that it allows you to get the center of axis closer to the ceiling (or a wall). Brilliant! It instantly made sense why a rectangular photo umbrella might be more useful indoors than the traditional, round umbrella. I would even go so far as to say that a rectangular photo umbrella is the best umbrella for a home-studio & indoor headshots.
Along with my usual array of light modifiers, I now bring two Angler Parsail 60″ Umbrellas (affiliate) to every photo shoot, just in case I find myself in a bit of a squeeze for space. Their winged shape make them ideal for low-ceilinged rooms. This makes them equally useful for home studios. The fiber-glass construction to the ribs and rods make them fairly durable too.
These umbrellas can of course be used either horizontally, or vertically for when you find yourself squeezed up against a wall. for a home-studio, you can have one closer up against a wall, perhaps for fill light – and another rectangular umbrella closer to the ceiling, as your main light. All kinds of configurations are now more accessible because of their unusual shape.
In the discussion on a home-studio setup with speedlites, this kind of umbrella would make a lot of sense. The photo below, similarly to the video, will show the difference in height that is achieved. While seemingly not that much of a difference, I’ve found that that 4 inches difference in height actually helps me getting the light to come in from a proper angle!
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- A home-studio setup with speedlites
- Gear list – Starting out with off-camera flash (model: Claudia)
- Simple lighting setup for home studio photography (models: Anelisa & Aleona)