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benjikan
07-19-2009, 05:43 AM
Why I HATE Umbrella Lighting...

If you want to get me to fall a sleep, just show me some images shot with umbrella lighting. Now I am not talking Richard Avedon, because Richard Avedon did a lot more than capture images with a single umbrella, he captured a moment that is so his signature, that anyone else attempting to copy would be dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of what Avedon accomplished.

Umbrella lighting is the 'WalMart' or the 'Ford Pinto' of lighting for me. It is the horrible gig at the Holiday Inn, where some dried up ex alcoholic is attempting to make a come back singing 'I will Survive" to a bunch of totally miserable accountants congregating for their annual convention.

Umbrella light is that really bad hair do or dress that can only be seen in some totally kitsch boutique in Boise, Idaho. It is that Wedding photo that we have all grown to, ah, hmmm, Love?

It smacks of hey, I am now a photographer because I now own a couple of studio lights and have to have this because if I don't I won't be considered credible and it will impress anyone who doesn't know any better and the bigger the better types...

Ah, give me that umbrella to be very, very safe and to not upset the REAL serious photographers out there that believe that you have to have a reflector to kick in some light in to "THAT" shadow area, otherwise it is NOT a technically good image.

What is even worse is that those who MUST HAVE an umbrella, will almost certainly have a..."Da Da, a Soft-box!!!" Now THAT is really impressive. Every time I see a set up with a soft-box and the "UMBRELLA" I pop the proverbial CHUBBY and have to sit down, as to not expose by excitement.

Now, if somebody were to say to me, "Hey check out what I did with this umbrella!" that would totally blow me away, I would be so F'ing pleased. But at this point in time, I have seen nothing but flat, boring, pedestrian, predictable, unassuming, dull and flat out knock me out with a VALIUM the size of a HOCKEY PUCK images.

Hey, but who knows. Given that surprises do happen, I'm open to the possibilities.

Surprise me.

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/?p=814

Rooz
07-19-2009, 05:45 AM
i wish i was as good as you.

benjikan
07-19-2009, 11:30 AM
My intention in this post is not meant to be arrogant or insulting to any of you. All I am suggesting is a different approach that might give you your own mark that will enhance your identity.

D Thompson
07-19-2009, 03:45 PM
My intention in this post is not meant to be arrogant or insulting to any of you. All I am suggesting is a different approach that might give you your own mark that will enhance your identity.
Just speaking for myself here, but I neither felt insulted nor that you were being arrogant. :DI don't use umbrellas, tho I do use softboxes:D. I always enjoy reading your posts and this one was no exception. I don't comment because I feel I have nothing extra to add, plus even tho I know it is not intentional, I for one feel slightly intimidated. You are clearly in a league beyond most of us here at dcrp. You also clearly seem willing to share your knowledge and for that I thank you very much. Someone in your status rarely shares information, at least not usually freely. Keep posting and I'll keep reading and hopefully will be able to contribute to one of your threads. Again, thank you and take care.

Rooz
07-19-2009, 04:17 PM
My intention in this post is not meant to be arrogant or insulting to any of you. All I am suggesting is a different approach that might give you your own mark that will enhance your identity.

lol oh really ? so you had no intention of belittling anyone that uses umbrellas and/or softboxes ? or intention of saying anyonr that uses brellas/softoxes are hacks ? really ? lol yeah ok...i'll let your words do the talking.



If you want to get me to fall a sleep, just show me some images shot with umbrella lighting.


Umbrella lighting is the 'WalMart' or the 'Ford Pinto' of lighting for me.



It is the horrible gig at the Holiday Inn, where some dried up ex alcoholic is attempting to make a come back singing 'I will Survive" to a bunch of totally miserable accountants congregating for their annual convention.


Umbrella light is that really bad hair do or dress that can only be seen in some totally kitsch boutique in Boise, Idaho. It is that Wedding photo that we have all grown to, ah, hmmm, Love?


It smacks of hey, I am now a photographer because I now own a couple of studio lights and have to have this because if I don't I won't be considered credible and it will impress anyone who doesn't know any better and the bigger the better types...


give me that umbrella to be very, very safe and to not upset the REAL serious photographers out



What is even worse is that those who MUST HAVE an umbrella, will almost certainly have a..."Da Da, a Soft-box!!!"


I have seen nothing but flat, boring, pedestrian, predictable, unassuming, dull and flat out knock me out with a VALIUM the size of a HOCKEY PUCK images.

don;t get me wrong, i'm not insulted as much as amused. i hope mcnally doesnt read your post about only hacks using softoxes, he may not yet know he sucks. shhhh...i wont tell him...let him live in ignorant bliss. lol

Dread Pirate Roberts
07-20-2009, 06:52 AM
You don't type English like a Frenchman but assuming your location is real I'll give you credit for adapting to your surroundings.

cdifoto
07-20-2009, 06:57 AM
A controversial & insulting flame post signed with a link to the blog. How original.

Ken.
07-21-2009, 05:14 AM
I agree about umbrella lighting but then I come from the old hot light studio days and had giant reflectors. Even when I used strobes I used those old reflectors. That's a bit of ancient history. Yes, it bothers me to see umbrellas and softboxes in images. Sometimes it's unavoidable.