What’s the difference between an umbrella, a softbox, and a beauty dish?

softbox and beauty dish

UPDATE! This post is quite old.  For an updated version of this post with example pictures click here.   Umbrella Umbrellas throw light EVERYWHERE!  Because they are large light sources, they produce very soft light.  The biggest draw to umbrellas is frankly the cost, portability, and simplicity.  A 43″ umbrella can be purchased for around CONTINUE