Beach Swimsuit Photoshoot // Natural Light vs Westcott FJ400 Strobe

Natural light vs strobe. Let’s get to it… 

For this photoshoot we’re on a beach, and it’s about 2 in the afternoon. Typically this is the time of day photographers do not want to be out just because of the harsh lighting condition. We’re going to shoot Anna two different ways. We do have some harsh light coming off my left, so we’re going to work with natural light and then we’re going to do strobe, see the difference between the two. Alright, now let’s do some cool shit.

Equipment Used:

Team:

Photographer: Sal Cincotta, @salcincotta
Model: Anna May, @z.axxa

Final Images
(Straight out of camera)

Natural Light

Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/4000, ISO 100
Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/4000, ISO 100
Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/5000, ISO 100
westcott lighting
Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/5000, ISO 100

Strobe (Fill Light)

Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/3200, ISO 50​
Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/3200, ISO 50

All right. Now we’re going to try something even that I wasn’t even planning on doing… Im going to show the progression of the light being added. We will start with natural light, then add a scrim to control the harsh light, and then to finish it off we will add a strobe with the scrim to give it a polished look. What do you think about the results? (pictured below)

lighting tutorial

Scrim + Strobe

Settings: f/2.8 @ 1/5000, ISO 100

Leave a Reply

Want more content like this?

Check out our recent posts

yt-thumbnail-boudoir photography-using natural-light

Boudoir Photography Using Natural Light

Can you be creative with natural light when it comes to boudoir photography? I think you can. You just need to use the light for your portraits in a big and soft way.

Have you ever tried Creative Boudoir Photography Using Natural Light?

Posing is also very critical for the final results. When it comes to posing your portrait photography clients – especially boudoir clients – over communicating is crucial.

Read More »
yt-thumbnail_Creative-beach-portraits-using-off-camera-flash

Creative Beach Portraits Using Off Camera Flash

Ready for some creative beach portraits using off camera flash? In this photography training video, we are on a beach photoshoot using the new Westcott Fusion by Sal Cincotta. This product, among many other features, allows us to create a 6-ft softbox in the field with a free standing unit.

This is a great photography tutorial for seeing how we shoot step-by-step in the field using off-camera flash.

Read More »