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.
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.