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Tips, and tricks \"beach\"
Old 08-05-2003, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am just curious as to other shooters preferred methods of shooting glamour on the beach. I see the east coast (Florida) shooters use a lot of natural light, and I must admit most of their work is wonderful. Kudos, to the McFarlands and the many others of the east coast.

Now on the West Coast we have the sun to our backs for evening shoots. Which can make for wonderful sunset shots, but requires the need of an additional light source be it a reflector or fill flash.

In my experience I have found reflectors don't give me enough additional light to have an acceptable light ratio between subject and background to maintain a saturated background.

So the alternative would be fill flash... however my S1, SB-28DX and any of my lenses don't seem to work together.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to how you go about properly illuminating your subject but maintain, that nice golden saturated sunset?


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Re: Tips, and tricks \"beach\"
Old 08-06-2003, 09:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Jeff, I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that question as I'm in the middle of the freaking country and don't have a nice ocean to shoot against (although I sure try with my little dinky 60 foot wide beach at the nearest lake!).

One thought I have that could work is to use a properly colored gel taped to your flash unit to warm up the light cast on the model. As for getting your flash to work properly with you gear, I dunno. I'd say bring portable strobes but that adds a whole other level of complexity.

But then again, with models like the one in this shot, who cares about the sunset!!!!? Hehehehhe

Cheers!

Not shot at an ocean (and needing more clean up work)

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Re: Tips, and tricks \"beach\"
Old 08-07-2003, 09:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Use a Norman 200B flash....should give you enough juice to balance the exposure.
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Re: Tips, and tricks \"beach\"
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Use of the warmcards found at warmcards.com also provide a way to adjust the WB and get the light right and still provide the warm tones you are looking for.
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Re: Tips, and tricks \"beach\"
Old 08-10-2003, 12:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi Jeff,
I use the Speedlight SB50DX with the S2 for fill light, and love the results . There are many other effects that it will do. Have you tried bracketing, and maybe a second slave flash , if needed?
Raymond was a big asset in shooting with the late evening beach sun, and he might have some ideas for you, if you ask.

Love your work and models!

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I regularly use a Norman 200B with extra lead-acid batts, and a nice external 18Ah SLA for longer shoots. Everything is mounted securely to a lightweight lightstand with a radio remote so I can pick it up and set it down with one hand where I want it. I also rewired a baretube head with octaconnector so I can use an octadome with the Norman 200b pack. I get a 1 sec recycle at 200ws. I can get about 180 flashes at 200 WS per battery, or about 4 times that with the 18Ah SLA.

For big shoots, I have a battery/inverter and 600ws Novatron pack all on a little wheeled handtruck with lightstand. I get abotut 1 second recycle at 300ws and about 600 flashes.

In both cases, the wireless remote is the key.

The Norman 200b will pack a punch. These 2 pics of Ann were done at noon on a bright sunny day. I had no choice, as the models didn't get there till 11:30 or so, and the pics had to be done by 1:00. You can see the shadow of her shoulder from the Norman on the hat... sun was almost directly overhead. I had no scrim or other light modifier since I was shoting alone with the models.



 
 
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Hey Jeff - First off, I think you err when you say the sun sets at your back on the west coast! Anyway, its funny, because I have a lot of experience shooting on the real west coast, which I translated to your west coast when I shot in Bradenton a couple years ago. Here's a few samples. Yes we used flash fill at sunset (SB-26 on the camera, with a warming gel over the flash) on the last shot, but the rest are available light, some with reflector. It can be done.










Models are Erika Valdez, Mary Riley, and Maiki Maddox (in her blonde days).

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