Glow has launched a new range of windproof lighting umbrellas

Jul 23, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Glow has launched a new range of windproof lighting umbrellas

Jul 23, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Umbrellas are probably the most common lighting modifier out there for those who work with speedlights or strobes. They’re lightweight, inexpensive and easy to get hold of. But if you want to get out on location, they all have one pretty fatal flaw. It’s the same flaw that affects umbrellas designed to keep the rain off your head, too. That flaw is wind!

Well, no more. Adorama has developed a line of new Glow windproof lighting umbrellas. Taking advantage of the natural reflectivity of aluminium fabrics, the new umbrellas are available in various shallow, deep and wing-style designs in five sizes from 33″ up to 65″ and use an open weave design to let the wind pass straight through them.

Yes, they do kind of look like some kind of 70s lampshade, but the principle on which they work seems quite sound. Naturally, they’re only available in silver and not white, which means the reflection will be quite specular, similar to using a standard silver umbrella. This also means they’re only reflective “bounce” umbrellas and not shoot through.

They’re constructed from a mesh weave aluminium fabric which contains holes to let the wind pass through while still reflecting light back towards your subject. Adorama says that the “wind-friendly design” prevents gusts of wind from tipping over your lighting gear and that it performs just like a traditional silver umbrella – albeit with “a touch less output”.

The umbrellas feature fibreglass ribs and have the same easy-open shaft design you’re familiar with. are available in five different sizes and a variety of deep, regular and wing-like designs.

Obviously, and as mentioned by Adorama themselves, the new windproof designs do reflect a touch less light than their regular style silver counterparts, but exactly how much that difference is isn’t stated, but whether it really matters depends on how much light you need and how powerful your strobe is.

I’m looking forward to seeing the inevitable comparisons of these vs regular silver umbrellas of the same size and design at some point to see exactly how they might differ in terms of both reflected output as well as the overall pattern and spread of the light. Also not mentioned is exactly what sort of windy conditions they can hold up against. So, I’ll be looking forward to the tests from photographers in Florida, too, now that they’re coming up on hurricane season.

All six of the new umbrellas are available to buy now from Adorama, ranging from $39.95 up to $99.95.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Glow has launched a new range of windproof lighting umbrellas”

  1. Cecil Smalley Avatar
    Cecil Smalley

    It’s not 4/1 is it? Is it?

  2. Chang William Avatar
    Chang William

    Sounds like a good products, I have no assistant, therefore I am worry about umbrella every time.

  3. Adam Palmer Avatar
    Adam Palmer

    Anyone try one yet?