</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (BobF @ Mar 14 2003, 07:31 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Ed says "more even and softer light" which so far is about the only difference mentioned other than light control issues. My impression from Ed's posting is that it isn't a dramatic difference ...</td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
Yes, that is what I meant. Whether or not some "level of importance" has been reached is wholly up to the photographer ... the only one who can establish those levels.
Umbrellas ARE useful - so are softboxes.
For someone on a lmited budget, umbrellas are defitely the way to go ... and as far as I'm concerned, they will never outlast their usefulness.