Japanese Festival Portrait shoot

Today I had an opportunity to do a portrait shoot for a few volunteers of the Japanese Festival in Houston in traditional outfits. I like traditional outfits and if you’ve never been to the Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park, it is a very tranquil setting so it was nice.

The biggest problem was that it was already hot and shooting in the middle of the day has the worst light possible. I noticed after the fact that I was getting some unflattering reflections on the subjects’ faces and since we didn’t have a makeup artist, I should have expected this and looked for it. Still, the results are nice.
Japan Festival Portrait Workshop

These next two are kind of my favorites because the white umbrella acts as a diffuser to create a soft wrapping light. I was using an on-camera SB-800 Speed light with a mini-softbox as well for a little fill, but when shooting at 1/3200 shutter speed it is just barely enough to give a small amount of fill light. The biggest benefit is that it adds a catch-eye.
Japan Festival Portrait Workshop

Japan Festival Portrait Workshop

Japan Festival Portrait Workshop

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