A 60" satin umbrella with a black backing was used for this image. It produces a soft light with indistinct shadow edges. As with other umbrellas, light is scattered around the room resulting in lighter shadows and a lighter background tone. If controlling stray light is not a big concern, large umbrellas can provide an economical alternative to similarly-sized softboxes. Umbrellas are somewhat limited by their protruding shaft, and as a result, cannot be placed as close to a subject as a softbox.