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Dec 28, 2012 06:39 |  #1

I am looking for creative ideas, I have 2 silver umbrellas and planning to shoot in a well lit (daylight) large room size of a large meeting room.


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Dec 28, 2012 07:03 |  #2

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I am looking for creative ideas, I have 2 silver umbrellas and planning to shoot in a well lit (daylight) large room size of a large meeting room.

The use of twin umbrellas typically isn't for creativity, it's for simplicity. Two evenly spaced umbrellas and lights do a good job of smoothly illuminating an area with almost no shadows, as in these examples,

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Other techniques, such as the standard three-light key-fill-rim method generate different results, but the use of two elevated and evenly spaced umbrellas works well for basic area lighting and does not require precision location of the lights.



  
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Dec 28, 2012 07:14 |  #3

Where did you place the umbrellas?


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Dec 28, 2012 08:43 |  #4

From the catch lights it looks like one on either side of the subject.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 09:27 |  #5

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I am looking for creative ideas, I have 2 silver umbrellas and planning to shoot in a well lit (daylight) large room size of a large meeting room.

You didn't mention what you are shooting so unless you are shooting a group shot, why limit yourself to shooting in a well lit room?

Anyway, here are a few ideas for you.

One umbrella/light combo.

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Dec 28, 2012 09:32 |  #6

The basic setup would be one to the right or left depending on the subject and one closer to the camera axis for fill.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 17:22 |  #7

jcolman wrote in post #15416102 (external link)
You didn't mention what you are shooting so unless you are shooting a group shot, why limit yourself to shooting in a well lit room?

Anyway, here are a few ideas for you.

One umbrella/light combo.
Two umbrella/light combos


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One bare light (backlight in a plastic bag) one bounced fill

These images took full advantage of a couple of wonderful luxuries: control of an area and depth. Those of us who are so constrained by space to the point that we feel we're operating in a two-dimensional world, can only wonder what it's like to operate in an area where you can set up rim/backlights so far back to accomplish these effects. To have an unimpeded area of that size must be enjoyable.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 21:46 |  #8

Ditch one of the umbrellas and use the second flash as a rim. 2 umbrellas, while they do illuminate well, they leave the subject lit very flat and boring. Let some shadows in and create some interest.


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Dec 28, 2012 22:04 |  #9

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These images took full advantage of a couple of wonderful luxuries: control of an area and depth. Those of us who are so constrained by space to the point that we feel we're operating in a two-dimensional world, can only wonder what it's like to operate in an area where you can set up rim/backlights so far back to accomplish these effects. To have an unimpeded area of that size must be enjoyable.

You don't need large areas in order to light effectively. I can show you some shots that were taken in some very small areas.

This was shot in a small bathroom. Two lights. Key light above top right fired thru an umbrella. A bit of side light from just off camera left, fired thru an umbrella as well.

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This was a shot I made a few years ago of my daughter. Location was a stair well at the front of her home. Key light source was diffused daylight. Back light was fired thru a softbox.

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Dec 29, 2012 09:56 |  #10

In small areas an umbrella will tend to light everything. Not bad just something for which to plan.
There is a page on my techniques site (link below) that shows how I use umbrellas, reflectors and speedlites to emulate north window light.

As menitoned, two umbrellas equal angle and distance from lens axis will be one big flat light source. Good for simplicity and lighting large groups to minimize shadows but not a creative solution.

JColman offered some good examples that will work regardless of the size of the location. Just takes some forethought and a little chimping to get it perfect. :-)


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