I recently wanted to augment my available flash modifiers, seeking a modifier with more directional light than the shoot through umbrella I normally use, but that was also larger than the 24″ softbox I also have available to me. However rather than buy a bigger softbox, which comes with transport issues, I decided to go with an Umbrella Softbox, or Brollybox.
However it is more than a little difficult to figure out the right way to mount a brollybox and speedlight combo with the equipment we have access to in the UK, and I’ve found instructions/success stories online to be difficult to find. Therefore, I thought I’d share my own experiences, and equipment list for anyone looking to do the same thing. So for starters, here is the equipment list:
Studio Stand (I use one from Cotswold Photography, but you can also get them from Amazon)
The L-Bracket mounts onto what is a standard umbrella bracket, modifying the plane of your flash from vertical to horizontal. The Walimex umbrella works excellently with the mount above, allowing a full range of motion, and meaning you can get the umbrella nice and close to the flashhead, allowing it to be enclosed inside the umbrella box.
Heres a setup shot as an example:
I’ll post back when I’ve captured some shots in anger with this particular modifier. Hope that helps you get your own brollybox up and running!