It’s already May and I can’t believe the temperature is still so low and we still have more than 5 days of rain per week. I’m getting so frustrated with inaccurate weather forecast, I found the only way to make things work is doing last minute arrangements. It’s like when you see the weather is good around 2 pm you are probably safe to book a shoot at 4 pm. 

So here we go, messaged Hillary around 2 pm and we schedule to shoot at 4:30 pm.

Stylist? No.

Makeup? Can you do it yourself?

Location? Right in front of my apartment!

The weather was gorgeous. I wish we can shoot close to sunset but by that time the sun will be behind the building. The sun was still pretty high at 4:30 pm (Sunset is 8:30 pm) and quite strong. I took a look at my strobe, it’s at level 8.7 (maximum 10). I can save some battery life if I use my beauty dish, but this time I want softer look. 2×3′ softbox will be a better choice.

I use Profoto OCF 2×3′ softbox very often. Compare with Beauty dish, it gives a softer look, but will consume more light. My battery drains quicker when I shoot with it, but considering the result it can give. It worth it. I found myself using it more often when shooting high dynamic range. Strong back light, dark shadow etc. I found it especially useful when I’m shooting with bright sun. I’ll bring it with me on my next workshop in California. Can’t wait to see how it handles the California sun!

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