Today is fancy day at Thistlewood Farms because….
…..we got photography umbrellas in the mail.
Have you ever used a photography umbrella before?
I’ve seen them before on other websites and I’ve noticed other bloggers using them but I was always skeptical. Could a simple umbrella that aims light into a space and allows you to photograph a space without natural light really be that helpful?
And the answer?
A resounding all capital, fifty exclamation point YES!!!!
Case in point.
Here’s the butler’s pantry before.
Dark, right? The space doesn’t get any natural light. When I’ve photographed it before, I’ve always had to try to turn on all the lights and use a flash and leave the shutter open for 20 seconds to try to bring as much natural light from the kitchen into the space.
It always turned out a little grainy.
And a kind of a random, odd color.
Here’s the butler’s pantry photographed with my new photography umbrellas.
This is the actual color of the gray in the space.
And see how clear and white the room looks?
The photography umbrella allowed me to aim the light where I needed it. Now I’m still working with it. I just got it in the mail yesterday, so there are still some odd shadows, but I’ll work those out with practice.
Here’s another view of one of the close-ups of the shelving.
You can actually tell that the platter in the center isn’t white.
Before the photography umbrella, it looked like everything was the same color and you couldn’t differentiate between all the shades of white.
And here’s another view of the plate rack you can see walking into the butler’s pantry from the hallway that I’ve never really photographed before because it was full of shadows.
The photography umbrella allowed me to aim the light and capture the photograph perfectly.
You can see the color in the hallway perfectly.
It came with a stand that you can adjust up and down so you can get close-ups like these.
See the detail on this milk glass?
I actually decided I was going to go fancy and buy the umbrellas because I have some magazine photo shoots I’m freelancing for, but I think I’m going to use them more than I ever imagined. Total photography life changer.
Thank you so much photography umbrellas.
You are rock stars.
And I have a feeling we are going to be BFF’s.
PS A giant thank you to my friend Alice who sent me this beautiful watercolor of the house she created in the waterlogue app.
I almost didn’t recognize it. I keep wondering whose house that is. 🙂