18th December 2009, 05:13 AM
Rob Galbraith: PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of light efficiency and softness
What has the brightness of a sport reflector, the softness of a large softbox and is quick to set up and tear down on location? It's the Parabolic Light Modification (PLM) system from Paul C. Buff. Available in three sizes, the silver version of these clever, inexpensive umbrellas from the Nashville, Tennessee-based lighting maker are like no other portable strobe modifier we've ever used, combining incredible light efficiency with wraparound light smoothness. If you want your medium power monolights to think they're big power packs, or make your shoe mount strobes put out soft light that's still usably bright, read on.