This article is courtesy of Atlanta-based portrait photographer and designer Alex D. Rogers.

Whenever the situation allows, I love to use a simple one-light setup for portraits and fashion shoots. It’s a quick and easy solution that—when paired with carefully-placed bounce cards or reflectors—adds a no-fuss simplicity to the look of my photos. One challenge I often face with this setup is the light fall-off in full-body shots. I think Westcott’s Deep Umbrella series has eliminated that problem.

These photos were all taken using the 53-inch Deep Umbrella with White Interior.

Here, the umbrella is placed about 6’ from the model. It’s mounted to the right and aimed down at a 45° angle. I’m using a white v-flat to fill in his left side. The subject is about 8’ away from the backdrop. The quality of light on my subject is great, but I love how well the backdrop is lit! The size of this umbrella also allows me to get more punch than I would by using a larger modifier this close to my subject.

Deep Umbrella Setup 1

First Lighting Setup

For this second shot, I placed the umbrella in the center of the frame about 6’ from my subject. The umbrella is positioned above the model and aimed down at a 60° angle. There are black v- flats on both sides to subtract light. A silver reflector was placed on the floor just outside of the frame for an additional catchlight. Once again, I was impressed with how well the Deep Umbrella lit the entire scene. The light falloff on the sides adds a great sense of depth.

Deep Umbrella Setup 2

Second Lighting Setup

And speaking of depth — when I placed the umbrella directly overhead and focused the light by bringing it closer to the reflective surface of the modifier, the result was shockingly dimensional. I love that the deep umbrella with white interior creates a punchy light without highlights that are too specular.

Alex D. Rogers Deep Umbrella Review (5)

To see more of Alex’s impressive portrait work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Lighting Gear in Action

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