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Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45

Westcott 2001 43-Inch Optical White Satin Collapsible Umbrella

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  • Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella The Wescott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella is a white full stop diffuser that fastens to the front of the 7.0' White, Silver or Black/White...

    The Westcott 7 foot is an umbrella, not a softbox. To me, this is a major bonus as not all manufacturers have great speedring systems, and I don't always have multiple speedrings in my studio to have two or three different modifiers set up. Using a standard umbrella shaft, it fits into everything from speedlight umbrella brackets to monolight umbrella holders. Having a modifier that can fit onto virtually any light is awesome, as I never have to worry about not being able to get my hands on something compatible. The umbrella itself is comprised of the usual nylon material found on Westcott's other umbrellas and lined with the usual white or silver. Also like the other Westcott umbrellas, the rods are fiber glass. Even though the 7 foot is a huge modifier, it hardly weights anything. If you boom your light often like I do, you'll love this. Fiberglass is also less likely to snap like the metal rods are, giving the product more longevity.

  • Two things that immediately struck me about the Westcot Parabolic Umbrella … it’s sheer size when folder open. It is 7 feet if measured across the span of the umbrella’s arc. And when it is folded up, it is surprisingly compact and light-weight. It collapses to a 43.6″ size, and fits snugly into a 3″ diameter carry bag.

    Two things that immediately struck me about the Westcot Parabolic Umbrella … it’s sheer size when folder open. It is 7 feet if measured across the span of the umbrella’s arc. And when it is folded up, it is surprisingly compact and light-weight. It collapses to a 43.6″ size, and fits snugly into a 3″ diameter carry bag.

  • There were other advantages to Westcott’s parabolic design, too. When Barry Staver photographed me for a new headshot, some of the test shots were made while I was wearing glasses and the broad lighting produced by the Westcott parabolic umbrella did not produce any of the dreaded glass-glare problems, something that always makes for time-consuming retouching later. Because of the volatile weather this spring, all of my test shots were made indoors, but here’s a tip for shooting with a large umbrella, such as Westcott’s parabolics, outdoors: any kind of breeze can quickly turn a large photographic umbrella into an identified flying object. I suggest that you place not one but two heavy shot bags on your light stand’s legs to prevent takeoff because I guarantee you won’t like the landing.

“The Westcott Silver 7' Parabolic Umbrella is one of my staples.

The Westcott Parabolic Umbrella is the perfect light shaper for doing full-length portraits. Once the light is set up in position take a light reading from your subjects head, waist and feet. If you find that you are getting a hot spot around the waist adjust the umbrellas’ position in relation to the light (as mentioned above) until you have an even light reading throughout your subject. I have read reviews where people are using this umbrella outside to great effect. A word of caution here though, it is lightweight and therefore susceptible to the wind. Use a stand that is weighted down with a sandbag or something similar to prevent the brolly (and your lighting) blowing over. In moderate winds there is a very high chance of the brolly breaking due to its large surface area acting like a giant sail!