Vincent Pang Photography

Freelance Photographer in Malaysia for Wedding, Portrait, Events, Products, Fine Art and any photography related services

Photography umbrella for less than U$ 5 !

I found a cheap translucent at Ikea recently that looks very similar to the umbrella i have which is 'design for photography'. However, this one cost only U$4 while my 'design for photography' one costed U$18. With some mod which took me less than an hour, I have manage to transform it to be used on tripod.

#1 - Top is my U$18 'design for photography' umbrella. And below is the cheap U$4 umbrella
Umbrellas

#2 - The size are similar, but you can see the left 'design for photography' has a more shinny surface
Almost the same size

#3 - The mod were simple, cut the top and enforce the bottom
Cut the top

#4 - I enforce the bottom by using a B4 pencil. The bottom shaft is starting to get out of shape after first mounted on the tripod
Pencil mod

#5 - Well the most important is the result. The cheap umbrella allows more light. That said, it produced a more harsh shadow. However, given 1/4 the price, I won't complain on that. I would conclude that I'm pretty happy with the result.
Comparison
Click on the image to view full size

#6 - A comparison without umbrella with bare flash. Harsh shadow and colour abit washed out. I suppose I need to tune down 2-3 steps, which I didn't
bare flash without umbrella

Setup for Fruits

Here's the setup

 

The shot was taken in my bathroom as water is easily available. An old aquarium was used. 1x 580 EX II bare flash @ 1/4 power on the left at the aquarium. eBay remote trigger was used.

I have used the back of my diffuser (the black side) as background as it's resistant to water when it spilled. And finally a diffuser on the right.

The fruits were dropped on the middle slightly to the right. Reason being is because diffuse light is not as powerful as straight flash (left). So the left side is pretty much lighted, only the right side which need some attention.

And the result is at my previous post :) Hopefully this is useful for all.