Client Session: Perfect Light

When shooting with clients on the beach, I try and get a good sunset whenever possible. I’ll reschedule the shoot for the client if the sky is overcast—it’s California after all, so why not get that ‘California Look’ whenever possible? But the light has really outdone itself on this shoot. It was a wonderful mix of just the right clouds, soft light but still warm and sunset-y. I’d like to take credit for it but all I did was shoot it. I can however take credit for the light on my clients!

Most of these images involve a two-light set up. I used my Metz Mecablitz 60 in a 43″ silver reflective umbrella, camera right. I also had an SB-28 at camera position as fill…I don’t recall if I used any modifier on it. The sun kept popping in and out of the clouds, so I kept altering the shutter speed one stop back and forth, when I had the chance to adjust. This accounts for the different look in some of the images. I used my Mamiya RB67 6×7 medium format camera, with Kodak Portra 400 NC film (this was before I’d gotten my hands on the New Portra film). I used a 90mm lens.

We also headed down to the beach afterward, where I shot some candids on my Nikon D200 dSLR.

I’ve worked with this family before, and they’re a real pleasure to be with. Dad was able to participate this time as well, which made these Christmas-card portraits that much more special.

6 thoughts on “Client Session: Perfect Light

  1. thats awesome – i need to save up my pennies and move to california. We’ve had nothing but flat grey skies snow and rain for the past couple of months…!

  2. Thanks, Neil! Although sometimes I’d appreciate having some nice ‘even’ light like you get there in the UK. 🙂

  3. Pretty amazing! What a lovely angels in a beautiful setting! Perfect shots matt. I’m always excited to check your blog to see your updated posts. Just wanna thank you ’cause I found joy with those pictures above. I remember my kids:)

  4. Very nice photo’s, the images are so sharp in the foreground with a lovely ‘haze’ in the background. Which camera are you using and what lens for the close ups?

  5. Thanks! I was using a mix of cameras and lenses for this shoot. The ones that are lit with strobe (1, 2, 4, 6 and the last ones, 7 and 8) were shot on medium format 6×7 film. The camera was an RB67 and the lens was a 90mm (considered ‘normal’ for that format). Aperture was f/11 or f/16, which in this format doesn’t have a lot of depth of field. The other images were captured digitally. Nikon D200 with a kit zoom lens, probably f/5.6.

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