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| p.2 #12 · Beach portraits with minimal equipment.... |
IMO a beach portrait with minimal equipment should automatically exclude using a flash
To make the flash get in balance with the availible light will demand of camera flash, triggers, careful metering etc. while from a picturewise point of view, the risk of too much flash and thus burning out the 'normal' light is more then just imaginary.
My set up would be just a camera, a longish lens and a simple white reflector, as the reflection/fill of gold and/or silver one will very easily be too hard
A longish lens and a relector? How are you holding it while shooting and will the reflector get the light all of the way into the faces, especially on a group?
Well, I answered that question in this message at the top of page 2
I'm a bit curious @ the "longish lens" (farther from subjects) and reflector (closer to subjects) combination strategy ... can you clarify how you'll be managing the two (assistant, stand, tripod, remote, timer, etc.)?
Well, the whole set up (assistant, stand, tripod, remote, timer, etc.) you mention is your apparent suggestion how to approach an informal portait.
I've always, and as you can see with some succes, made such shots with minimal equipment: 1 camera (obviously) a 2.8/80-200 zoom, and a Lastolite white/silver collapsable reflector or approx 4 feet. I can't place the remote and timer in the whole process, but that's probably something you need to take such a shot.
IMO you don't need a tripod to shoot a 80-200 handheld, nor an assistant to hold the reflector (if really necessary that you can you the tripod for) or otherwise (with the model sitting or lying) just put it vertical on the sand against your camera bag with the bottom slightly buried to prevent it from falling over.
As far as the color temparture of the reflected light is concerned, it will obviously have that of the surrounding (sun)light and not be influenced by the reflector (which just is white) so I personally see based on my practical (not theoretical) experience with outside portraits in the way the OP describes no need for color filters.
With regards to flash or not, I guess we have a difference of opinion, probably based on taste how such a picture should look like. You have any such pictures posted somewhere we could see to find out how you worked it out?
As the OP wants to shoot portraits, getting the correct fill for a group is IMO completely irrelevant
Guess the title of my first instruction book for the English language 'Look before you leap' still is relevant, and in this case should be 'Read before you react'