I remember choosing the out fit, I wanted something that wasn’t too risqué, something that would appeal to the average person. The others in the challenge were selecting sexier clothes. this would be fine if the image was going to Maxim, FHM, or some other magazine that had a predominantly male readership. It is VERY important to know where the image is going and its purpose when selecting attire. You could end up with a great image but it will still be wrong and you would have wasted a lot of peoples time and money causing reshoots.
The time of day was around 11:00am, many a photographer either stops shooting at this time, or mis-manages the sun light and create an unappealing image. With the sun so high in the sky i knew I needed the right angle for the model and I had to cut down the intensity of the light. This meant choosing a shady spot or using a scrim/silk. I chose an open area and an over head silk because I wanted the background to show what a wonderful place this would be to have a vacation. I had an assistant floating a silk on a long pole over the model to cut down the sun. Then another assistant was using a gold reflector to feather in sunlight. They both where instructed to follow the model as she moved.
When using a reflector always remember that it becomes a light source and get the assistants to get it off the ground. Otherwise you are using light that comes up from below and it doesn’t look attractive on the model. I had them holding the reflector over their head so that the reflected light was coming down onto the model.
I instructed the model to dance around and stretch her arms out as if doing a sun dance all the while arching back to give great fill of the filtered sun on her face. The gold reflector gave a nice warm tone. Using a wide angle lens allowed me to encompass that vastness of the location to complete the story of dancing in paradise. The bonus were the wispy clouds directing the eye into the image.
This was shot at ISO 100 f7.1 @1/320 sec.Share