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Old 06-13-2007   #1
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A Brolly Box is a specialized umbrella, specifically designed to be used in the shoot-through mode. I won an ebay auction for a Dynaphos 40" Brolly and gave it a try today.



Due to the design, a Brolly is more efficient than shooting through a white umbrella, and it avoids light splashing out of the back. I tried it out in my living room "studio", and took a couple of snaps of my old pal, Charlie, who was passing through town.

I used the Brolly at frame right for the main, and sunlight from a window at frame left for the fill.

Here's Charlie.



Next, a shot of the western lawman...



... and finally, a modern version of Charlie.



I think the Brolly gives a nice, soft, wrap-around kind of light... but I'm on my honeymoon with it.

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So you're the one that beat me on that brolly!!! No really I wasn't bidding. Nice shots on the honeymoon. Thanks for sharing!!
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So you're the one that beat me on that brolly!!!
No problem... they have plenty of them, and they routinely go for a few bucks over the shipping charge.
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What makes it more efficient than shooting through a white umbrella? Is the material different, or is it the cover at the back that makes the difference.?
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What makes it more efficient than shooting through a white umbrella? Is the material different, or is it the cover at the back that makes the difference.?
The white "fabric" of the brolly is thin and passes light through with less attenuation than you'd have shooting through a normal convertable umbrella. The black fabric keeps reflected light from spilling out the back. The interior side of the black fabric is reflective, so light that bounces back from the inside front of the umbrella is redirected forward again. All in all, a more efficient design for a shoot through umbrella.
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The first shot of Charlie is by far the best, in my opinion. The last one is good lighting wise, but I'm not a fan of the pose.

I know nothing about this brolly box that isn't a box. I assume that it is an umbrella, with some material (black on the outside, reflective on the inside?) that covers the "bottom" of the umbrella shape? And in this "bottom", there is a hole for the flash to stick into?
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I know nothing about this brolly box that isn't a box. I assume that it is an umbrella, with some material (black on the outside, reflective on the inside?) that covers the "bottom" of the umbrella shape? And in this "bottom", there is a hole for the flash to stick into?
That's about it, except the hole is ringed with elastic and has a zipper, so you can keep the flash head on the inside, while keeping the rest of the flash on the outside. The brolly "box" is known as a poor man's softbox. It's inexpensive, mounts like an umbrella, and delivers shots much like those from a softbox. I used my brolly as the main for this outdoor shot yesterday.

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There are also Brolly boxes that are similar to a silver umbrella, but with a diffusion layer over the front to make it more like a softbox.
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There are also Brolly boxes that are similar to a silver umbrella, but with a diffusion layer over the front to make it more like a softbox.
I think they give similar results, but they aren't brollies, because you shoot into them, not through them. The Photek Softliter II is a good example.



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So the silver umbrellas I own are not umbrellas because I shoot into them? Not true Frank. That's why Shoot Through is an addition to the name!
The fact that it folds the way it does is the only thing that makes it an umbrella/brolly.

Lastolite Limited, Manufacturer of Umbrella Boxes and Studio Equipment. is the one I was referring to.


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