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Nick Gaylor
13-05-2014, 05:50 PM
I've got 2 massive reflective parabolic umbrellas 185cm

are they suitable for shooting big groups of people 25 people in fact.

i've always shot groups with a 2 100cm shoot through umbrellas

but i was just told that big umbrellas are not for that sort of work, I realise i'm going back to basics.

But what is the answer go big or medium?


barry derbyshire
14-05-2014, 06:10 PM
Hi Nick, I use one off set just behind the camera and high pointing at the group as main light, and sometimes use one of the small brollies on the other side to fill the shadows. Two may be overkill.

Regards Barry

Mike Weeks
14-05-2014, 09:28 PM

I think somebody has a limited understanding, big light sources for big subjects is usually considered the answer.


Nick Gaylor
15-05-2014, 06:27 AM
thanks guys,

the big umbrellas are too big

they are 185cm and get in the way to much.


althought the lighting is much better spreading out over a bigger area.

15-05-2014, 03:17 PM
It's not the size of your brolly that counts it's what you do with it - so the story goes.
A small 50cm shoot through will be perfectly fine just behind / above the camera or two either side at and points and for 25 even a good speed light or two will do.
I've used two Nikon sb800's to light 180 in the dark against an old building. Amazing what they're capable of.
But you're right a 1.85m brolly is overkill more for indoors portraiture.