Me, April 2014
Every once in a while, I have to put my dobak on and do some kicks on the beach. Shooting into a setting Sun is not that difficult, but you need at least two off camera flashes and you must know your camera. Set your aperture to f8-f11, set your shutter speed to 200-250th of a second. Any faster than 1/250 and it wont sink with your flashes, unless you can sync your flashes faster, check your manual. That setting should give you the colour you need for the setting Sun. Make sure your flashes are set at 45' in front of your subject and use a bounce our a softbox if available. You will then have to move the flashes in or out, depending on your lighting. Also, very important, turn off the auto ISO! The auto ISO will ruin your photo. Remember, you are creating the light on you subject, so set your ISO to 100-300. The first time you do this type of shoot, you may not like your photos. It may take a few trips to the beach to get that one photo you love. This type of shoot is one of my favourites just because of all the challenging variables. People are going to walk behind your subjects, let them, it might add to the photo. You have wind that may blow the hair just right, or it may blow your flashes/lights over. You may even have the "no see ems" come out to bite you. It is hard to concentrate on shooting when bugs are biting you; bring your bug dope. Lastly, have fun, that is why we do photography. When I don't have a model, I ask strangers on the beach if they want their photo taken, many say yes and I email it to them free. After all, your already there, it doesn't cost you anything but your time to process it and email it to them. Oh yeah, shoot on RAW! You will have a lot more to work with, regarding colours, if you shoot on RAW. Happy shooting.