Umbrellas 101: Photography Lighting Tutorial

In this video, photographer Jay P. Morgan from the website the Slanted Lens takes a look at different sizes of umbrellas and their use in studio photography. Umbrellas are known to be great light modifiers and the one that most people start with. They’re inexpensive compared to soft boxes and octodomes making them very attractive. They collapse and fold away making them very simple to transport and carry with you.

For these reason umbrellas are the first step in controlling light to achieve your photographic vision. On the video Morgan discuss the materials the umbrellas are made of and how these materials affect the light as well as see how different size umbrellas behave.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.