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focus is always about controlling light. For the main light, it's the
diffusion panel. For the all important fill light, the ultimate and
most simple method of control is with a special high efficiency
umbrella. Controlling the amount of fill light is incredibly easy but
ONLY if you have an umbrella that is extremely efficient in reflecting
light. The problem with the typical white or frosted silver
umbrellas, is that they are not very efficient. If the inside
reflective surface of the umbrella was as shinny as the bright side of
aluminum foil, it would return a very high percentage of the light
striking it and most importantly, provide directional control that is
not possible with an ordinary umbrella. It is this ability to focus the
light in a specific direction (like a radar dish) that provides the
ability to control the amount of fill light reaching the subject.
Simply turning the umbrella toward the subject or away controls the
amount of fill lighting reaching the subject. No other method gives
this kind of control.
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