Leary Family Photo 2020 at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. [NIKON Z 6, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/1000, ƒ/8, (35mm = 24)]
Every year when my family gets together for our family reunion at the beach we do a family photo.
I always go out a few minutes early and setup my strobes. This year I am using the Flashpoint XPlor 600 HSS TTL with Nikon Z6.
While this isn’t my favorite time of day to shoot photos you quickly learn through the years that you are needing to pick the friction free time of the day.
Up till now i was always trying to do late afternoon near sunset. That tended to complicate dinner time.
This year 1:00 pm. Probably the worst time as far as lighting to shoot the photo.
I usually get my wife to stand in for some test shots before I have everyone show up.
Not a flattering photo, but works to balance the TTL flash to the sunlight. Here I have them set at 0 and the camera -0.3 underexposed for the photos.
We figured the far left and far right and a line in the sand for them to stand on. We were done in 20 minutes. I tried to keep it short for my mother and a couple others who had some difficulty with the sand and the heat.
It was easy to just switch folks out. Again we were celebrating my mother’s birthday today as well.
Had I been planning a photo shoot with a couple and just their children I would have done a completely different approach.
Hope these tips help you with your “family photo”.