There are many light shaping tools out there, from soft boxes to beauty dishes, the options available to photographers are plentiful. There is one light shaping tool that I believe every photographer should have in their kit, and that’s an umbrella. The most basic light shaping tool there is, umbrellas have never let me down and are relatively inexpensive.

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In the Profoto sponsored video below, check out how Andrea Belluso keeps things simple and uses umbrellas for an advertising campaign.

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Gear

Profoto B1 Strobe’s

Profoto Umbrella Deep Silver L

Profoto Umbrella Deep While XL

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Technique

Andrea really kept his lighting simple and showed the power of the umbrella. Choosing to use bounce umbrellas vs. shoot through, he uses a simple silver lined umbrella as his main light, and a white lined umbrella to light the background. I like his choice of the silver bounce umbrella for the main light, it adds a little more punchy direct light that still wraps around his subject, and lights him beautifully.

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Thoughts

This technique is super simple, portable, and can yield fantastic results. Don’t be discouraged and think you need expensive strobes, you can easily do the same exact technique with speedlights and a few inexpensive umbrellas. As I said before, I feel that every photographer needs to carry umbrellas in their kit. It’s hard to overcomplicate your shoot when using them, and they always get the job done beautifully.

Via: Profoto’s Blog

Images captured via screen capture.