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Westcott 7' Umbrella (White Diffusion)

BH #WEU7WD • MFR #4632
Westcott 7' Umbrella (White Diffusion)
Key Features
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • White Diffusion Material
  • Bounce or Shoot Through
  • Long Throw Capability
Photography discussions are full of desert island scenarios; "if you had to choose a single lens or if you had to choose a single light..." Well if you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the white diffusion Westcott 7' White Diffusion Umbrella.
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Westcott 4632 Overview

Photography discussions are full of desert island scenarios; "if you had to choose a single lens or if you had to choose a single light..." Well if you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the white diffusion Westcott 7' White Diffusion Umbrella.

First of all it's a really big, broad light source that wraps light around your subject yielding clean highlights and rich open shadows. But due to the special shape of the umbrella there's a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors. This umbrella has a unique design structurally as well. The shaft is double walled for strength, but it tapers to 7mm to fit Elinchrom and other European flash heads. Instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass.

This white diffusion is the softest version of the umbrella. Used in standard bounce mode, some of the light escapes through the material, slightly raising the ambient light level and lowering contrast while most of it is directed towards your subject. If you want a harder light, turn the umbrella around and aim the convex side at your subject and punch your light source through it. In both modes you can vary the light quality and output by changing the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft.

You can also use this umbrella as a scrim over your subject to diffuse harsh light sources like the sun in situations like fashion catalog work outdoors or at the beach. Any way you use it, with the Westcott 7' Umbrella less is definitely more.

Measures 7.25' (2.2 m) in diameter
White diffusion material allows you to use the umbrella in standard bounce mode or shoot through it like a large soft box
Constructed using 16 durable fiberglass ribs
Double wall shaft is engineered with double the thickness of most umbrellas
7 mm tapered umbrella shaft tip
Carry case with shoulder strap is lightweight and constructed of heavy-duty nylon
UPC: 817967046329

Westcott 4632 Specs

Size7.0' / 2.1 m
Interior ColorWhite (Translucent)
Folded Sizeø: 3.0 x L: 43.6" / ø: 8.2 x L: 111.0 cm
Weight2.5 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)44.7 x 3.1 x 3.1"

Westcott 4632 Reviews

One of the best light modifiers I've gotten

By Jamie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-29

Why hadn't I thought of this before? I have a series of Westcott light diffusers and also the silver and black parabolic. Parabolics give a nice large spread of light but this one has been the closest and simplest way I've gotten a very nice natural light look. Super easy to set up. I only have about 10ftx10ft of space in my living room that I shoot in. I can see this being used for both my portraiture and product photography. Folds up super small. You'll want to get the diffusion sock to help soften the light as well. I am not sure how this looks in a larger space but for a small home studio, it's magic.


By Virginia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-17

It's awfully big. Good for the studio but a bit too unwieldy for the field (at least for me).

Clean Light!!

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-01

These are great. I use them at a lot of shoots. Huge spread of clean light. They also get in the way when all those parents try and snag a shot with their phone after you just spent all that time setting up a nice group shot. Durable but not industrial strength.

A new favorite

By RGPhotography
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-12

I used this at a wedding for the group family shots. � Weather dictated that the photos be done in the church, where, although a beautiful setting, the lighting was poor and created many shadows. � This umbrella sets up easily, quickly, and creates huge light for groups. � I could not have been more pleased with how the photos turned out. � bonus points, it comes with a carry case/sleeve. � It's disappointing to invest in some light modifiers and a case is not included.

Large affordable diffuser!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-07

It's a well made product with a lot of possibilities


By Carmen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-17

Looking forward to shooting with this later! Other than the carry bag that comes with it, it is great! The bag is barely stitched together so it will be a toss. The umbrella itself is great!

Super fast setup

By Dom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-04

Pretty much can use it as a softbox with minimal setup time.

Well built!

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-30

It's well built, very sturdy. Should last.

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how many stops diffusion is this umbrella?

how many stops diffusion is this umbrella?
Asked by: Anonymous
1 stop.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-03-27

Can this umbrella be used with b10 or b10 plus

Can this umbrella be used with b10 or b10 plus
Asked by: Steven
Yes, they are lightweight so no problem with the mount, but i'm not sure if the Profoto flat face strobes will fill the entire umbrella. That's not a problem, but you could get by with a smaller umbrella. I mostly use a silver westcott umbrella and Profoto flat face strobes don't quite fill the umbrella to the edges.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-01-15

Using this umbrella, about how wide of a light ...

Using this umbrella, about how wide of a light throw can you get? In short, if I was photographing a group that is 20 feet wide, and I had the umbrella facing the group (with enough wattage) do you think it would light side to side of the group? Specifically outdoors, where there is no bounce from ceilings?
Asked by: Steve
You can get about 180 degrees of coverage since this is a diffusion, shoot through umbrella. There are many factors including ambient lighting that change the environment, but if you have a light that can overpower the ambient light, and stay far enough away from the group so that the light isnt in the frame, then yes you can achieve this. Some photographers will use two umbrellas in the scenario you described, to ensure there was full coverage of the group.
Answered by: FJ Westcott
Date published: 2019-04-29

Does front diffusion come with this item? Which ...

Does front diffusion come with this item? Which front diffusion would work with this umbrella?
Asked by: erin
If you want to add an additional layer of diffusion and bounce with instead of through this umbrella, you can use the Diffuser by Westcott.
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2020-11-04


How does this achieve shoot-thru and bounce?
Asked by: Hugo
This works the same way as any other umbrella. I would suggest the black backed umbrella for bounce work. I often use this as a large diffused source with an Alien Bee when shooting groups. It is also great in the summer to throw up on a stand and use it to soften direct sunlight.
Answered by: Adam M.
Date published: 2018-08-28


What is the recommended wattage needed to light up a group of people?
Asked by: Anonymous
I assume you are referring to Watt-seconds for a strobe. In the past I would have said 400Ws total in a one or two light set up should cover most situations. With the capabilities of today's cameras to produce quality images from higher ISO images, lighter more portable but also less powerful strobes, or multiple speedlites <a href= target= _blank ></a> are often utilized. The size(and depth) of the group and the distance of the light from the subject are also factors to consider.
Answered by: Pete F. Westcott Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28


The diameter is really 7.0' (2.1 m)? On Westcott site is specified that The umbrella size is determined using the arc size and that the Diameter is 70.0 / 177.8 cm). Please help me with the correct actual diameter size. Thank you!
Asked by: Tibor
The dimensions listed for the 7' umbrella on the Westcott site is the correct one. Except for the Westcott Deep Umbrellas, the umbrellas size is determined by the arc.
Answered by: Pete F. Westcott Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28


Is this umbrella compatible with Paul C Buffs Alien bee 1600?
Asked by: Albert F.
I have alien bee 800 and if they look the same as the 1600 then it's capatable:) I now use Einstein but umbrella works wth either
Answered by: Kacey B.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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