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Tips for photographing in bright sunlight

3 Apr 2017
by Linda Canter

Do you want to make beautiful pictures but are they ruined by bright sunlight in all of your pictures. Photographing in hard light causes deep shadows and high contrasts in pictures. Not very nice! You will make beautiful photos on sunny days anyways with these tips.

Tip 1: Shoot pictures during the golden hours

It is beautiful to shoot photos on sunny days when the sun just got up or when the sun is about to set. These moments of the day are referred as the golden hours by photographers. The sun does not shine so brightly during these hours which creates nice and soft light. Not feeling like you want to keep this in consideration. Then the following tips are very useful.

Tip 2: Seek the shade

Where there is sun, there is also shade. You can still make beautiful pictures in the shade without everyone having to pinch their eyes. There will be no direct sunlight on the model but indirect light.

Tip 3: Use the flashlight

Using the flashlight while the sun is out? Yes, we can! When the sun is high up in the sky, you often get short shades right below the object. You will see shades below the nose and chin in a portrait. You add some extra light with the help of a flashlight so that the shades are filled in and hereby become less deep.

Tip 4: The help of a reflector screen

Many photographers use a reflector screen to reverberate sunlight. Of course you keep this white reflector out of the picture.

Tip 5: Sun in the back

Try to keep the sun in the back as much as you can. Also you need to make sure that the model does not pinch his or her eyes. Underexpose the picture from light just to be sure because it is easier to make the photograph lighter than it is to make darker.

Tip 6: Turn it into a black and white photo

Have you ever made a picture which was overexposed to light and had too strong of a contrast? Turn the picture into a black and white. A picture from a sky suddenly can look very atmospheric and dramatic. If you shoot in raw, then it is best to leave your camera in colour settings. Later you can edit it to black and white in Photoshop or Lightroom. Because you shoot in raw, you can always go back to the original color.

Tip 7: Keep your ISO as low as possible

Make sure to keep your ISO as low as possible. Do not exceed 100. Also you should opt for a large aperture because the smaller the number, the more light. In this case you want less light. You have to adjust the shutter speed as well when you put the settings.

Tip 8: Take advantage of the sun

Want to shoot original photos? Then especially use the sun. Make sure the sun is behind the model so that the person becomes a black silhouette. The details are lost, but you will have a special photo.
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