nathancarter wrote in post #14605826
As mentioned above, 5 PM will give worse shots with more boring colors, compared to the "golden hour" before sunset. Push back a little bit if you can.. if they absolutely cannot be available after 6, then that's their choice, but you'll get better photos with better colors around sunset. Make sure they know that more light doesn't necessarily mean better photos.
Take a friend out for a couple hours to the location, and do some test shots. Scout locations, test out different balances of flash and ambient. See how fast the light goes away once the sun hits the horizon! The 580EXII for a little fill light will be nice, but I wouldn't try to use it as the main light, not for your first time anyway.
Well, it really depends on the location. 5pm doesn't have to be bad for photos. But when you are at a beach, which is pretty much an open area, and when they want beach photos with water in the background at 5pm (this is just an assumption), you are pretty much stuck with whatever lighting nature gives you, whether it's sunny or overcast. You just have to deal with it. If the sun is still blazing, then you will need supplemental lighting.
I agree that scouting the location, perhaps for the worse case scenario, which is when the sun is blazing at 5pm close to the day of the shoot, and figuring things out with regards to flash, etc, will be helpful. If it happens to be overcast on the day of the shoot, well then, there's less to worry about.