Many photographers quickly move on from umbrellas, because they can seem very hard to control and a bit unwieldy. However, umbrellas can be surprisingly versatile, and this great video will show you five ways to use them in your photos.
Coming to you from Miguel Quiles, this helpful video will show you five ways he uses umbrellas to light his photos. Umbrellas are by far some of the cheapest lighting modifiers, so cheap that you can likely pick up both a silver and white model to experiment. They're the modifier most photographers start out with, though many eventually leave them behind. Nonetheless, a lot of top-level photographers use them, particularly the very large versions (sometimes with a diffusion cloth), sometimes in tandem with other modifiers as well. As you'll see, you can use them for a variety of purposes that create quite the range of looks. Pay particular attention to Quiles talking about the different types of umbrellas and material at the beginning of the video, as these choices can have a large effect on the outcome of your images and how easy the umbrellas are to work with on set. Check out the video above for the full rundown.