Umbrellas versus Softboxes - Which are Best?

Umbrellas versus Softboxes – Which are Best?

There are many different types of light modifiers on the market. The two most common are umbrellas and softboxes. So when might you choose each?

These videos will give you a look at the umbrella versus softbox debate and information on the difference between the two, what they do, and which one to use.

This first one by Phlearn shows a few options and talks about the relative size and distance to your subject as well.

Next up is Michael from Smoking Strobes with a video from an outdoor workshop where he talks about the pros and cons of umbrellas versus softboxes when working on location outdoors.

If you want to check out some options for both head to Adorama.com:

So which do you use? Do you use them both? Why? Tell us in the comments below.


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