Top 10 Tips For Shooting Photos In Sunny Climates
Photographers generally choose to shoot only in the early morning or evening hours in sunny climates due to the challenges posed by shooting under
direct sunlight, but there are times when shooting under sunny conditions is the only option. Thankfully there are several tips that can help make
photos taken in the sun look bright and vibrant rather than washed out and poorly exposed.
1. If your camera is equipped with a traditional viewfinder you definitely want to use it under sunny conditions as LCD screens are more difficult to see
in direct sunlight, and it is much more difficult to judge what your photo is going to look like.
2. Look to the sky. Often it looks lighter near the horizon due to airborne pollution. It will look bluer slightly higher up, which makes for a more pleasing
background for your photograph. Get in the habit of always trying to compose your shot in such a way that you are facing the bluest part of the sky
3. Buy a polarizing filter. These filters are relatively inexpensive and they can greatly improve your pictures. They are used most often to darken and
increase contrast in light skies, but they also work to increase the overall saturation in colour images. They can also reduce or eliminate reflections on
4. Don't be put off by a cloudy day. Sometimes light cloud cover is a photographer's best friend! They work to bounce light and reflect it back onto the
landscape. In areas of high contrast the clouds will help reflect a little more light back into the darker areas. The light reflected from clouds also creates
more even lighting overall.
5. Use a reflector. If you are shooting directly towards the sun, a reflector will help cast light into shadows and prevent your subject from being under
6. Learn to spot meter. To do this, simply get close to the subject of your photo and meter for that area. This will cause that area to be perfectly
exposed, thus clearly making it the subject of your pho