I went outside yesterday with the intent of getting a macro snow shot, and took the umbrella to keep my camera dry. I couldn't hold the umbrella and adjust the camera, so I had to put the umbrella down. It was way too cold for me (20F with quite a bit of wind), my hands were freezing and I couldn't adjust the tripod, so I tried to get a few shots hand held. Tried to get close to the snowflakes, but it just didn't work out. Took the umbrella inside, but the snowflakes melted by the time I got my tripod in, so I just gave up. My hands hurt for about 20 minutes.