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Tips for Photographing against the Sun

December 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hello dear readers. Now that the summer is here we're all spending time outside with our friends and families, enjoying these warm days and taking lots of photographs. That's when things get tricky. We feel awesome when the sun is out and shining through but our photographs typically come in with white blotches and other undesirable artifacts. Basically, they're almost always partially (unevenly) overexposed.

In this post we'll share tips and tricks we use during our outdoor family photo session, hopefully they'll help you capture great portraits next time you're out and about taking photographs of your loved ones.

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Fill Flash

When the sun is working against you, try using the flash on your camera to compensate for hard shadows (underexposed areas in your photograph).

Fill flash is a photographic technique used to brighten deep shadow areas, typically outdoors on sunny days, though the technique is useful any time the background is significantly brighter than the subject of the photograph, particularly in backlit subjects.


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Shoot in the shade

Once more, direct sunlight creates very strong highlights and shadows and even though our eyes can deal with the dynamic range, camera sensors aren't nearly as advanced to accommodate the difference between high contrast areas. We'll typically try to reduce the contrast by moving the subject into a shaded area

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