©David A. Ziser
This is an image I captured on the beach while in Cabo, Mexico. Our beautiful model, Greta, a friend of our friends Kent and Sarah Smith, and who we were just with last week, did a great job as our beach beauty subject.
I choose to use my off-camera flash coming in from camera-right in order to create more contrast on my subject which I thought accentuated the contrasting tones of the surf behind her. That lighting direction also gave me the beautiful and flattering loop lighting pattern on my subject’s face.
Notice too how I have the slight S-Curve of the surf working through the image too. I tweaked "Vibrancy" ever so slightly in Lightroom which kicked the blue water tones up just a notch, added a slight "squarish" vignette, and enhanced the image in Photoshop ever so slightly.
I love the finished portrait - it's simple, elegant, natural, fun, and a lovely image of my beautiful subject.
Camera specs; Canon 7D fitted with Canon 200mm F2.0 lens (what a lens), F8.0 @1/320 second (cheating the sync), ISO 200.