Just thought I'd try one of these for fun.
Ok, you've hired a model, and arrive at the beach with your van full of photo equipment for location photography. The waves are a-crashing and the sun is just about to say goodbye to the world for twelve hours or so. You notice that the light is a golden glow and the sky has wonderful hues of orange and purple ... perfect!
How would you set up the shoot? What elements would you include in the scene, and how would you frame your shots? What poses, props, expressions would you use? Feel free to be as creative and descriptive as possible... perhaps we might all learn a thing or two from each other!
Ah, imagination - ain't it a wonderful thing?
Dec 12, 2005, 19:02
(This post was last modified: Dec 12, 2005, 19:04 by paskelius.)
This thread facinates me but I have deleted my last 2 attempted posts - I will give it some more thought. Maybe Jamie can add some reality - all my "visualizations" get kind of "visualized".
 Just noticed that I spell "visualize" with a "zed" - Canadian thing I guess...
David Hasselhoff??? For the females any male under 40 will also be acceptable....
Model : Unless you're working with a Supermodel you are going to have some features that aren't as good as others. Does your model have a pear shaped body? If so think about your posing, Lower body angled and legs crossed over will help to eliminate, otherwise accessorise to suit, sarongs tied around lower body etc. What about her hair? The beaches here are usually windy in the afternoon so shooting with the model into the wind or with hair held/tied or waiting for a lull (which can be frustrating).
Location : What are your assets and hinderances here, seaweed is the first thing that comes to mind it is rarely attractive but can be used in your shots if you have a daring model (lying in it or draped over the body works well), what is the swell like? If its rough then shots in the water won't work. Will try to capture break on beach but the bright white often throws out your exposure. Long flat sections of sand make for nice lying poses other assets.. rocks, stairs to the beach, jetties (either on or under).
Lighting : Where is the sun setting? Over the ocean.. without any lighting/modifiers shoot with the sun directly onto model, 3/4 on for some shadow making the most of the golden tones. Shoot into the sun and play with silhouettes. With lighting/modifiers shoot into the sun with fill flash, positioning sun directly behind model. Use diffuse material such as scarf or sarong directly behind model with sun again behind model and fill flash.
Equipment & Accessories : Zoom lens for the majority of shots, if your model has a very narrow build and face switch to shorter lens. Fill flash of your choice. Diffuser material (ie Lastolite diffusers or thin white material, need assistant for anything like this). Minimal jewelery possibly with nautical theme, beads, shells, pearls. Baby oil (never on pale skin), sarongs, scarves, flowing skirts. (think balinese)
Posing : Make the most of the situation, take example ideas in a folder, scour whatever resources you can think of.. magazines, catalogues, model websites. Pick poses that suit your subject and theme. Try to avoid anything that bulks up arms or legs, if leaning back keep the weight in the back not in the arms. Try a variety of ideas and locations and then go back and re-do the ones that work.
Example shots with notes to follow.