While on vacation recently, I had the opportunity to take some portraits on the beach, which I really enjoyed. I'm STILL slowly making my way through the photos and will eventually post some here.
So, after a couple of days on the beach, watching the sun, etc., I picked a time for us to do the portraits. I brought a bunch of gear with me on vacation (two of those big Fotodiox 40x60 reflector/diffusers), a flash bracket to mount up to three flashes, light stands, flashes, etc. I mentally figured out how I wanted to do my setup, but neglected one key thing ... see if you can tell from the below image:
Top half, everyone is evenly lit, no funky shadows. Then you can see where the first diffuser ends and the sunset begins ... Luckily I was checking the back of my camera (shooting quickly, trying to keep kids engaged) and I noticed the problem. Solution - add the second diffuser for the bottom half. Then we get this:
OK - just look at the lighting, not the cropping, etc. ... That's the take-away this time - watch the light!
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