Photography In Harsh Sun Is No Fun!
I had a dream the other night and I was back at the beginning of my career in photography and I was faced with something I used to struggle with when taking Photo’s. I’m sure all of you have taken a picture with half the face in the sun and the other half covered in shade. You take the picture and only see half the person… What do you do?
Well here are some photography tips to help you next time you are faced with this ugly situation. There are a few ways to tackle this . I have my favorite but sometimes use a few of these in combination with each other depending on the situation.
First of all you want to avoid this half light if you can unless you are in a creative mood and want that look in your Photography. Move your subject to an area where the light falls even on their face. No sunny patches.
I personally don’t like putting people facing the sun as it tend to make them squint and can be hard on their eyes. So I like to have the sun behind them. It leaves a nice light on their hair which can really add to a Portrait.
Now this would be similar to taking a picture of a person in front of a window. A tough situation right? Not really with a little know how. You can handle this two ways.
- Pop up your flash to fill the shaded face with light.
- Use a reflector to bounce the light back on the face.
A reflector does not have to be fancy it can be as simple as a piece of sturdy paper like card stock. Be sure it’s white. The bigger the reflector the better the bounced light back onto the subject.
Try it out. Always look at the light your given by the sun and make it work to your advantage. Now you are ready to have fun in the sun with your Photography!