Diffuse the light for a soft, flattering effect with a shoot‑through brolly
A white umbrella will diffuse and spread the light to cover a wide area. It’ll give you a nice even illumination and fill in a lot of the shadows. With white umbrellas you can either angle the head away from the subject so that the light bounces back off the umbrella, creating a very wide spread; or angle the head towards the subject and shoot through the umbrella to get more directional light. While great for producing a spread of soft, flattering light, umbrellas are less useful if you need control over where the light falls.