30-Day Portrait Challenge: Reflective Umbrella
Day 20 of my 30-day challenge, I am on the homeward stretch and really quite amazed that I made it this far. I am starting to feel a bit more pressure for varying my light setups as I have used up all my regular setups. Now I need to get creative.
Today’s modifier was my small reflective umbrella, I will be honest that I am not sure if I have ever used this. Ever. I am quite clueless as of why I decided to purchase it many moons ago. Maybe it was for a wedding? I am sure it made sense at the time. I think it has been hanging around waiting for its turn for at least 10 years.
I started with the umbrella placed above my daughter and slightly camera right. I was shooting underneath the corner of it in order to compose my image.
I was using the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic for this session which is a lens that can be tilted to add blur.
For the next image, I added a black piece of fabric right next to Ada’s shoulder at camera left. This made for deeper shadows. Which is what I seem to prefer.
Then I switched the black fabric out for a white reflector to fill in the dark shadows a small amount.
- Use everything I have available. If I don’t like it then why do I have it?
- I need a month long challenge to use my Lensbaby daily, I was having a tough time getting both eyes in focus.
This was another very simple set up and I was surprised with how pretty the light was from this much-ignored modifier.
I guess it is time to take it out of hibernation and give it a chance.
So do you have a reflective umbrella, if so, do you use it?