One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given was by Atlanta based Photographer, Zack Arias which (and I’m paraphrasing now) went something like this…
Don’t go buying another piece of kit until you know the limitations of what you already have and find yourself thinking, “Man I wish I could just do ‘X’ with this” . Then when you do buy that new piece of kit such as a new soft box, you totally know why.
Case in point, the shoot thru / reflective umbrella…
Probably like most people, when I would first use a shoot thru / reflective umbrella I would open and use it fully open and love the big, beautiful, soft light it gave. However, by using something as simple as a clothes line peg we can do so much more.
We can have so much more control over the light by, instead of opening the umbrella fully, placing the clothes line peg on the umbrella shaft we can control how open or close it is which as a result is giving us many different sized soft boxes all in one.