Photography Tips for Shooting on Sunny Days
The sun is back!
Overcast days provide a beautiful natural soft box for photographers, but as the sun creeps back into our lives we can become restricted to photograph early or late in the day!
Let’s look at a few tips on how to adapt our photography to suit sunny weather conditions. These tips can apply to both inanimate subjects or portraits.
- Use a reflector. You don’t need to buy one either, just use a piece of white paper or card.
- Ask your model to look into the light and count them in. Say “1,2,3 Open!” and take your shot quickly.
- Use fill flash. Click here to read more about using fill flash.
- Alter the output setting on your on-camera flash. Try lessening the output to have a more softer look.
- Look for a natural reflector and place your subject or model near it. For example, have a model face towards a light coloured, sun lit wall. The model could be in the standing in the shade and the wall should bounce a little light towards them.
- Use spot metering on the main area of the subject e.g. face or flower centre. This will make sure your camera’s metering system isn’t exposing for the light sky!
- Try placing the subject with light behind them and light behind you… give it a try, this is a good one 🙂
- Wait for the clouds to block the sun.
- Make a diffuser to soften the light source. Bend a coat hanger into a diamond shape, cover it with baking paper or white cloth and hold it in between a small subject and the sun. Beautiful!
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To watch a UTube about using fill flash, click the link below.
You will also find this quick explanation by Scott Kelby handy as he discusses shooting a portrait on a sunny day.