The aesthetic differences between umbrellas, reflectors and softboxes

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, July 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM EDT

As part of their OnSet video series, Adorama has shared a helpful tutorial showing off the difference between three of the most popular light modifiers available: umbrellas, reflectors and softboxes.

In the two and a half minute video, photographer Daniel Norton concisely explains what it is each light modifier is designed to do, how you can use each modifier and what the aesthetic changes are between the varying uses of each modifier. There isn’t much to the video, but it’s beauty and value is in its simplicity.

Press play and be prepared to scribble down some quick notes.

For more videos from Adorama, you can check out their YouTube Channel.