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Apr 27, 2009 15:41 |  #1

I just got a Silver Umbrella with out the Black outer cover , I just want to know if I can Shoot through it .


It may be a silly question but it's my first Umbrella .


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Apr 27, 2009 19:18 |  #2

I would think not. I can't shoot thru mine. In fact mine is reversible, white and silver/white.


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Apr 27, 2009 19:19 |  #3

Why don't you try it?



  
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Apr 27, 2009 19:29 |  #4

Is the cover removable?


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Apr 27, 2009 19:35 |  #5

You can't shoot through silver umbrellas, the material's opaque and reflective. You can shoot through white umbrellas, some have a removable black cover.


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Apr 28, 2009 03:54 |  #6

The first umbrella I bought, a silver one, was real crap. Actually the only item of the many accessories I purchased from the Far East that was honestly disappointing - even considering the low price (at that time I didn't realize how far below average it was).

The fabric was so thin and sparse that one could probably have shot through it indeed. :lol:




  
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Apr 28, 2009 04:45 |  #7

^ did it have a black backing?



  
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Apr 28, 2009 07:00 |  #8

It didn't, but it should have. :lol:

(On a serious note: a good silver umbrella does not need a black backing. The fabric and the silver coating should block practically all light transmission on their own.)




  
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Apr 28, 2009 07:43 |  #9

agedbriar wrote in post #7817529 (external link)
The first umbrella I bought, a silver one, was real crap. Actually the only item of the many accessories I purchased from the Far East that was honestly disappointing - even considering the low price (at that time I didn't realize how far below average it was).

The fabric was so thin and sparse that one could probably have shot through it indeed. :lol:

It's probably one like what you had , I did some shoot through tests and it works pretty good it eats some light though at f6.3 with the Vivitar at 1/2 Power and the wide diffuser on and the Umbrella 3' away from subject I got some pleasing results with good exposure , I will play around some more Today .

I cant post the shots from my test so far , Test subject was my Mom who is Ill , but as soon as I can I will post examples here .

David .

P.S. this Umbrella has no black backing .


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Apr 28, 2009 10:21 |  #10

With current prices of reasonably good umbrellas, using a silver umbrella for trough-shooting is not a good proposition, IMO.

The silver coating is actually diverting most of the emitted light away from the subject, in a direction where it usually isn't wanted and is mainly uncontrolled. It may work in a particular setup but I really don't believe you can rely on this lighting technique.




  
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