60" Shoot-through Umbrella

This image was created with a 60"  satin umbrella used in the shoot-through configuration.  This  umbrella has created a very soft light, in part due to the large umbrella surface, but also due to the scattering of a large amount of light around the room.   Note that the image contrast  has been reduced by flare from this light source.  This is a common problem when using shoot-through umbrellas placed close to the subject.  Place a flag between the umbrella and camera lens to prevent this problem.  Shoot-through umbrellas can produce a very pleasant and  graduated catchlight in the eye.   They can also indirectly introduce  color casts when stray light reflects off of colored room surfaces.