Controlling the Flow of Light with an Umbrella

On this short Adorama video, pro photographer Joe McNally talks about controlling light when using an umbrella.

Umbrellas tend to throw light over a relatively large area. However in cases where you do not want this type of solution you can use something like the Lastolite 8-in-1 Umbrella (around $155 on Amazon) that can give you, as McNally demonstrates in the video, a little bit more control over the flow or focus of the light.

If you are interested in shooting with umbrellas be sure to view the previous videos on the subject “Umbrellas 101“ and “Shooting with Umbrellas – Photography & Video Tutorial” both with pro photographer J. P. Morgan.

You can find many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on and  LensVid. You can also check all of Joe McNally previous videos here on the site on this link.

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.

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