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advantages/uses of convertible umbrella

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What are the advantage/uses of these convertible umbrellas? ( b and h link below) Instead of the traditional all white. Is it to block or create certain shades? I would like to start using one. Any common practices that are certainly a go to? Shooting on 16mm film. Microbudget. Thanks.

 

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/423625-REG/Impact_UBBW45_45_Convertible_Umbrella.html

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The black cover is so you can use it as a bounce rather than as diffusion. They're used mostly in stills photography, but there's no reason why you couldn't use it for movie work. Controlling spill from them can be a pain though.

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I use them all the time for broad key or soft fill lights. I've got a range of 7' wide Westcott ones. I think they're terrific - you can create a much neater setup off a single stand (than you can with conventional square frames of the same diameter).

They're no good outdoors (to risky in the wind), but for interior, they're an excellent tool.

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