Summer is very quickly coming upon us. If you find yourself hanging out in the sun and snapping a few shots this summer, here are some tips on how to take excellent pictures in bright sunlight.
Shoot With Your Subject Facing the Sun
OK, so you don’t want to take a picture of a person facing right into the sun. Obviously what you’ll end up with is a potentially nice looking shot of your subject squinting or with their eyes closed. If you’re taking a picture of a stationary object however try to stand with your back facing the sun, and your subject being lit by it. When your subject is facing the sun they’ll be less shadows than if
Use a Polarizing Filter
A Polarizing filter will work sort of like sunglasses for your camera. If you’re shooting with an SLR (or any other camera with a lens that can accept a polarizing filter) then buying one can be an excellent investment in your photos.
Use a low ISO
You’ll more than likely want to set your ISO at its lowest possible setting for bright sunlight. On most cameras that will either be 80 or 100.
Check Out the Presets
If you camera has built-in scene setting check and see if there is one for bright sunlight. The bright sunlight setting may help you get your camera to the right settings for the lighting.
Don’t use your LCD screen.
If you have the ability to use a traditional viewfinder when taking your pictures use that over your LCD. Often it can be difficult to see your LCD in bright sunlight situations, and if you can see the LCD the colors you see may not be what the colors look like in your actual pictures. If you have a traditional viewfinder use that for taking your pictures.
Those are a few of my tips for taking pictures in bright sunlight. What tips have you picked up along the way for taking great pictures in bright sunlight?