‘Deep Umbrella’ Techniques

Take a deep dive into what you can do with this unique modifier.

In this series of portrait photography classes demonstrating creative lighting setups with two lights, Karl experiments with a new modifier — a Focus 110 Umbrella.

He demonstrates the versatile effects of the deep umbrella, explains the theory behind it and shows just how effective it can be for beauty work such as this.

Impressed with the initial results from this cost-effective modifier, Karl decides to try something different, demonstrating creative yet simple ways to incorporate movement into a shot for a more fashion-style result.

In this class:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Two light setup for beauty photography
  • Lighting modifiers and their effects
  • How to capture movement using studio flash


  1. Just joined last week. Thanks for your fantastic educational videos, they are very interessting, detailed and informational. i just cant stop watching.

    and thumbs up to the model who managed to jump with this heels! i would break my feed just by trying to walk 🙂

      1. Great shots…. I like the technique used for motion. I also realize all the shots were taken horizontally. If the shots were taken vertically, what would have been the outcome?

        1. Thank you Smokeymax, I’m not quite sure what you mean about what would the outcome be if they’d been taken vertically? They’d be the same of course but with more legs in the shot etc, I prefer landscape when the models are running and jumping as it gives more space for them to move into, and on the standing shots I might not have wanted to see down too low as there may have been a tri-reflector there. However you will see many other examples on this platform where I am shooting vertically.

  2. Hi Karl,

    Thank you for this tutorial and for responding to questions on these forums. I’m learning a lot from you!

    Do you think I might be able to replicate jumping shots like these with a small, 4.5 ft wide backdrop if I used the canvas size function on photoshop (as described in your “Photoshop Interface and Tools” module) to laterally extend the dimensions of the backdrop?


    1. Hi Ariel, honestly no not really because 4.5ft wide isn’t very big and doesn’t give a model a lot of space to jump especially as she is going to be some distance infront of the background which will make it seem even smaller.

  3. More a comment than a question but I am convinced bronchiolar is so much better than my Profoto B1 Location kit so I am seriously considering getting Broncolor Siros L 800 but…….. then I have to change EVERY softball and reflector I have to a Broncolour Canon compatible ……ugh daunting and $$$$

  4. Hello Karl, with a X1D what f stop would you use as an equivalent to your f 9.0 from the full frame system? I was thinking of using the XCD 80

  5. Very informative!
    What is the focal length used for full length shots? The last shot of shown in this lesson..

  6. I’ve been shooting for five years, and I’ve never had a mentor. I purchased Karl Taylor’s DVD sets before I’d even purchased my DSLR. Following that, I bought Jared Polin’s beginner DVD. I was asked today who my mentor was and who taught me photography. I laughed and responded ” Karl Taylor is my mentor, we’ve never met before. But, he’s taught everything I know from the other side of the world.” It’s weird to say that. But it’s true. None of the photographers locally were willing to teach me. Thank you, Karl. You gave me a shot when no one else would.

    – T. Young

  7. using same set ups and poses in this videos to shoot models for my photography page would this have copy rights issue

  8. Thank you!
    Your educational videos have been everything I’d hoped they’d be.
    Please keep up the wonderful work.

  9. Hi Karl,
    On the fashion jump segment of this video, what was your point of focus as your model came flying across?
    Thank you,

  10. Hi Karl,
    Outstanding results. Continue to be amazed. You are THE MAN!!!
    What shutter speed do you normally use for a fashion jump like this?


    Jorge from Argentina

    1. Hi Jorge, I use the highest sync speed of the camera but the shutter speed is irrelevant for the most part when using flash, it is the flash that is freezing the subject for you not the shutter, please watch the first 15 chapters in the ‘Portrait’ section to fully understand lighting and flash procedures.

        1. Hi Jorge, the shutter speeds only purpose in flash photography is to cut out any existing ambient light such as ‘modelling lights’ or ‘daylight’ which is why a higher sync speed is an advantage (the sync speed being the maximum the shutter can be set at with flash) The shutter however has in nearly all cases nothing to do with ‘freezing’ the subject in studio style fashion work, it is always the flash burst that is doing that. This is why the chapter on ‘Flash Duration’ is so important. Cheers Karl.

  11. Great set-up! If I did not know better, I would assume the glow behind her was caused of the main light!

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