Top Tips to Improve your Photography | Easter long weekend | Shoot into the sun

April 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

It's true that photographing portraits on an overcast day, or in a shaded area, is often preferable as you've no hard shadows to contend with, but shooting into the sun can make more creative images. It's tricky though: your camera's automatic metering system  is likely to underexpose your subject and, love it or hate it, you may get flare. Using Spot metering on your subject's face or from a midtone (like grass or concrete) will ensure the camera doesn't expose for the background, a lens hood will help reduce flare and a silver or gold reflector will bounce light back on to your subject's face. 

I love shooting into the sun to get rim lighting (the glow around the edges of your subject) and, occasionally, even flare but I treat the images differently depending on the time of day. A low, soft evening sun provides a glorious warm backlight that should nearly always be kept in colour to retain its signature glow, but if the light is hard and high consider turning them black & white to make the most of the strong contrast. Go on, give it ago tomorrow and see what you get!

 

Top tip: How to avoid flare 
If you don't want flare in your shot, try one or all these tricks:

Use your lens hood

Block the sun with your hand  

Position your subject in front of the sun

Angle yourself so the sun is hidden by trees or a building 

 

 


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Hello and welcome to Caroline Ann Photography's blog where you can see some of my latest work and personal projects, pick up some photography tips from the odd tutorial and get a sense for the services I offer. Caroline Ann Photography specialises in Children and Family Photography, serving mostly the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Herfordshire area but travels around the UK on request. 
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