The White Semi-Translucent White Best Brella has a white nylon upper canopy that lets in as much light as the Soleil French Easel umbrella or a photo umbrella, but the lower canopy has a double layer of fabric that lets less light show through. You can
see that in the photo to the left. I’ve tested it and the transition from translucent to semi-translucent (where the two canopies meet) does not leave any shadows or change in value on the painting or palette. I think this is because the light refracts (bounces around) so much within the white interior of the umbrella. If you’re painting foggy coastal or dappled light forest scene, I’d recommend the white. The white umbrella provides more light on your palette and painting, which some like. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Pastel painters may find picking the right pastel color easier with a white umbrella. If you find that when painting with a white umbrella, your paintings turn out too “dark” when viewed indoors, then you should switch to black.
White Best Brella Eliminates Dapples on Painting Without Making It Too Dark The white Best Brella eliminates distracting dappled light. When painting in a forest with dappled light I find the dappled light on my painting very distracting, making it difficult to deal with. If put up my silver umbrella and the shade is so dark, given that I’m already in 90% tree shade, that it was hard to see what I was doing. The white umbrella was the perfect solution. The same is true for cloudy, foggy days, where there is still a lot of reflected light. Ultimately, this is a personal choice. It’s nice to have both colors and use them under certain conditions. You could always buy Kit C which, for an extra $30, includes one of each color. For instance, eyes, even though it’s a cloudy day.