Ideal as a soft source for full length portraits or groups, the 60" Interfit Black and White Umbrella from Interfit has a slight parabolic shape giving the output a small degree of directionality when working at a distance from your subject. Up close, the soft light wraps around your subject creating manageable highlights and open shadows. The beam shape is easily changed by moving the umbrella forward or back via the standard 8 mm shaft. Elinchrom and other European brands can use the umbrella via the tilt bracket that either comes with these heads or is available as an inexpensive option.
By removing the black backing you can convert this light shaper into a translucent "shoot-through" umbrella to diffuse your light source like a softbox, but unlike a softbox it folds down in seconds. Alternately you can use the 60" umbrella overhead, as a scrim above your subject to diffuse harsh light sources like the sun in outdoor situations like catalog work at the beach.