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Midday Sun, another tip :-)

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 at 12:10PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , , , , , | Comments3 Comments


Midday sun solutions. This image is from a wedding I did in The Canary Islands. The sun is high and it's hard to light them without interfering with what's between them and me. Too bright for my spots etc. A mirror would have  been the best "try". My personal rule photographing people outside is: If you can't get good light on them, don't have them look in the camera! Dark eyes looking at you is like an autofocus hitting a white wall, you just keep searching and searching without getting contact.

If I had wanted an image with eye contact, I would have kept the camera frame, but moved them close to me on the right and added some nice light on them, maybe also a diffusion screen over their heads (a California Sunbounce Sun Swatter would been the ideal one, since you can keep it so high and out of your shot). If you know me, you know I love photographing in midday sun, and it is one of the main things I teach.

A second thing about this image: I got low to get more lines, but mostly to get their heads clear of the ocean line to keep it peaceful between them. 

Reader Comments (3)

That’s a great tip, normally I struggle to get the right amount of fill flash for high sun photos, but in general I prefer high sun to spring and fall, when the sun is low in the sky.
Are you using a filter? the light is nice and even across the picture.

I think that off camera flash can work well, or for a bit of a difference I sometimes turn the camera upside down to get the correct angle on the flashgun on the hot shoe.

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRory Witham

Such a simple simple tip that I take advantage of all the time thanks to you and your classes!

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Always have the best insight... So glad I was able to take your classes.

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Stringham

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