high noon sun beach (7 replies)
if using the sun as backlight for a medium close up is no option, could it work to block the overhead sun on the subject and use a mirror to redirect some beams so that they hit the face from a slightly lower angle? Then some half soft frost between mirror and subject to smooth it out, just a touch?
The interview is only going to take about 30-45min max so the sun won't move that much (it's around noon).
Could it work?
For lightweight setups I've seen a lot of stills people and some video people use a big sunbuster umbrella or a scrim to diffuse and then use a soft bounce. Similar to this:
Also being at the beach you may have some ambient fill provided by the sand. I think a mirror might be too harsh. Sunbounce has some good products and examples https://www.sunbounce.com/en/home.html
I don't like to diffuse it too much. It kills the subject/background light ratio and the quality of light (especially on a beach without natural cover) would look "odd".
Half soft frost would be as far as I would go. Just to take the edge off without killing the ratios nor the the hard direct sunlight quality.
I was toying with the idea to heavily diffuse or block the direct overhead sun and use a mirror into a large soft frost to redirect and slightly diffuse the light. In theory it should work, but maybe having a "low angled sun" on a summer day, might look a bit weird...
here's an illustration of what I mean:
an alternative could be to block the direct sun and use a mirror to make it more of a backlight/hairlight and keep the direct light off the forehead/eye sockets/nose to avoid those nasty shadows.
Use ambient light and sand bounce and some negative fill or ultrabounce to give some shape to the face.
alternatively use 2 mirrors to get a larger surface
Your theory is fine but it is getting quite complicated. On a windy day you might have issues and the mirrors will still need to be quite large. Pity you have to shoot at mid day.
Yes wind is my biggest concern, further increasing the complexity.
I'm going to treat it as a backup plan.. in case they really insist having the sea as the background.
Alternatively I might suggest the subjects bring hats and just use the bounce material to create a little bit of dimension.
The hats idea sounds more practical and it should also look good.