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One flash, One Small Umbrella

Chuck Vosburgh - Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Photographer: Chuck Vosburgh, Model: JoAnn Jensen

You can get good results with just one flash. In this example, the only light was a single flash and a small shoot-through umbrella. The white walls act as big reflectors to soften the light. The disadvantages to using small flashes are power and recycle time. The advantage is that it's a LOT less money. For this image, the stairway was very dimly lit and the flash was set to half power which allowed an aperture of f-8 at 200 ISO. Not bad. 

Here's the setup:

Equipment: Canon 550EX flash, 24" shoot-hrough umbrella, stand, radio trigger.

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