I’ve been asked the question “How do you use a Speedlight with a brolly”. Well I thought I’d share a few pictures of my system taken on my new Canon G10 with an STE2 fitted to trigger the flash.
Even illumination of the whole umberella canopy is the aim of the game.
I use this rig for interior portraits that require a quick setup. Outside shots require a calm day and the Speedlight soon runs out of puff. Forget using it on a sunny day outside when taking full length portraits. I use my Broncolor Mobil kit at 24 times the power of a Speedlight for those shots.
In the picture is the top of an Arri stand, a Manfrotto hinged bracket designed to take a brolly, a standard 16mm spigot, a Manfrotto camera support and my usual flash bracket. See the separate post for details.
A close up view of the bracket system showing my 580EX2 flash. Note the flash infra red receptor can be angled to face the camera in any position.
Keeping the flash unit at a distance from the brolly allows an even illumination and balances the weight distribution on the stand.
I've used a 28" translucent white brolly here. Silver brollies tend to have a more uneven light pattern when used in this way with Speedlights.