Seascape Fashion Photography

Watch Karl and the team battle fierce winds and fast-moving tides as they tackle a tricky fashion shoot on location.

You’ll discover how Karl used a long exposure to capture motion in the waves, combined with a fast flash duration to freeze the model. He also demonstrates how to adjust exposure for changing light conditions using filters. You’ll also see how Karl worked closely with his team, ensuring clear communication throughout to ensure a successful shoot.

In this class:

  • How to shoot fashion photography on location
  • How to use fast flash duration with slow shutter speeds
  • Techniques for controlling exposure in changing light conditions
  • How to use filters to adjust exposure
  • Studio lighting for photographing on location
  • Working with a team in difficult conditions

Learn more about the concepts covered in this class by watching these videos:

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below!

For this shoot, we knew we would be facing tough weather conditions. That meant we had to plan the shoot carefully before going out and doing it. Clothing for the team was one consideration, as was which lighting modifiers and packs would withstand the wind, sea spray and rocky footing.

fashion photography on location

We made several changes to the lighting throughout the shoot due to the changing weather conditions.

Once on location, the shoot required clear communication among the team. With rapidly changing lighting conditions, it was necessary to make several changes throughout the shoot, including the position, placement and power of the lighting. Karl also used filters to control the lighting. These needed regular cleaning thanks to the abundant sea spray.

Photography filters

Karl used filters to control the light.


Seascape fashion photo

The final seascape fashion image.


  1. Earthquake in Mexico caused very high waves in Corona Del Mar, California. The beach location I choose had many rocks, a bit difficult to move with equipment around them getting to my preferred spot. Got the shot I wanted, nothing as difficult as what you did. Upon leaving I thought if I quickly run across the sandy area instead of the rocks…all I need to do is catch the waves at a good time.
    Big mistake, very strong waves caught me, dragging me and my equipment under water. Struggled keeping from being pulled out into the ocean. Managed to get up and leave but my equipment covered with salt water got ruined…$6,000 value gone.
    You got a great shot with even more difficult conditions than it was for me. As always you got great work.


  2. Well done for team. That’s wasn’t easy at all can see that . Wind and waves, great team you have Karl .

  3. For sale, a couple of slighty used salty Para 88s. Wow! What a challenging shoot. Great job to you and your entire team and model. Thomas

    1. Ha Ha thank you, yes but they wash well with the hose. These same Paras were also drenched in our Fashionscape shooting in Iceland and they’ve have stood the test of time with air miles, weather, water and dust and many collapses!

    1. Hi thank you so much yes this was a great personal project and idea that I’d been thinking of fro a long time. But as always with these type of shoots it required a great team effort.

  4. Man, I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a photography Legion of Merit but, if there is, the folks holding those two Paras earned it on this shoot!

    Kudos! And, as usual, great video series. No one does it better, Karl.

    1. Hi Alex, I can’t see that it would make any difference in this situation as my main subject isn’t moving anywhere.

    2. Using first curtain gives the model visual queue, to hold for the 3 to 4 seconds necessary to make the shot.

  5. Having just come across this I’m a bit late with the comment, but what a fantastic show.

    I’ve worked with a team in similar harsh conditions just filming as opposed to photographing, which I think is easier as it doesn’t involve that ‘stay still, stay still, don’t move’….

    Karl, even though on days like that everyone just wants to skiddaddle back home, I really hope your wallet took a big hit at the bar that evening. They deserved it !!! 🙂

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