Spats139 wrote in post #17584572
It's hard to tell how far away your speedlight was, but given that you were using a 43" umbrella, and the relative size of the chair it looks like you may have had room to move it in quite a bit closer and pick up a few more stops worth of light - the ol' inverse light fall off rule works in both directions. I was able to get some nice results in mid-day light with a softbox and speedlights, but I had to be within about 1.5 to 3 feet.
The setup image is just where I threw it all down.
The light was actually closer for the final shot. It was ultimately within 3 feet, and it was 43". I lost a little power from distance, the gel took away a little more, and the umbrella itself.
I need to figure out the best zoom on the flash for this though, I'm thinking 24mm was not the way to go on the flash, but rather maybe something more zoomed in to concentrate the light more to get a little more out of it. I generally shoot it at 24mm in modifiers for the spread.
Keeping the 43" umbrella out of frame at 1.5 feet would have required me to simply dangle it from above (which I could have done with this boom, which is cool, as I didn't have that option before), and required a crop that was tighter too (or photoediting magic, which I tend to avoid needing if I can).
I'll try to get it closer and zoom the flash in more and see what kind of results I get tomorrow at high noon I think.
I'm thinking 4~5 stops of filter is where I need to be, at F2 and F2.8 or so. With full flash with the 1/4th CTO gel and umbrealla. So I'll test that, and get the umbrella overhead and pointing down to get it as close as I can without being in frame to see if I can squeeze another partial stop of light out of it. I'll post tomorrow after I do it!