Quote Originally Posted by fretlessdavis View Post
I used a few 285HV's in this manner. My experience with the cheap umbrellas that are included in the kit are pretty bad... I replaced them with the also cheap Wescott reflective Umbrellas from Adorama. Not sure why Strobist recommended the shoot-throughs.
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I tried using my backpacking headlamp as a modeling lamp one, and the LED's definitely are not powerful enough in open shade. I think the output of my headlamp is around 200 Lumens, which is powerful than most of the affordable bike LED lights.
Strobist recommends shoot throughts because they cast a nice light for people who like big soft light sources, but want something small and fast to setup. I use shoot throughs and I'm happy enough with them, but I'm not the most demanding photographer.

Good to know about the lights. I was hoping to use my 1-watt LED lights. I have a pair of 600 lumen mtb lights, I guess I'll need to try them instead.