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What is the difference between a silver and white lined umbrella?

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Using a silver umbrella will give you more efficiency of about ½ stop. The white umbrella will give you a softer light when used close to your subject. So for lighting larger groups, the silver would be the best choice. For close-up portraiture, the white or shoot through mode would be the best choice unless you were looking for a little more contrast and highlight specularity in your image.