I'm (very) slowly working through my backlog with the hope of eventually catching up, finally getting to a post I meant to do a while ago - beach portraits.
This summer I had the opportunity to take some portraits at the beach (Nags Head, North Carolina). Each time I take portraits outside of the studio I find I enjoy doing that so much more than working inside the confines of a studio; there just seems to be so much more flexibility.
Here are a couple that I liked:
A few thoughts on these. First, I had the luxury of hanging out for a few days, so I knew pretty much the time I wanted to shoot - just before sunset. I knew about what the light would be like and knew where I wanted to take the portraits. The way I did the lighting, I ended up using two large diffusers and shooting a CTO-gelled flash through one (then two, for the group portrait). I wanted to match the lighting of the setting sun - just have the flash blend right in - so lower power and gelled.
The only issue is that the light from the sun kept moving and I could only do so much with the diffusers ... as you can tell in the second image - I got some light bleeding through. We started with the couple portraits first and I was able to control the light much better than when the light dipped further down AND we were dealing with a larger group needed more coverage from the diffusers. I bungled this all on the group shot. I need more practice to be able to nail lighting the way I want it, the first time. Working with younger kids you've got a finite amount of time and that clock ticks away fast.
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