Tips for clicking wonderful pictures during summer
Basic Photography
March 23, 2018

Summer is upon us. Summer, with its harsh light can pose many challenges to photographers. However, this is no reason to put your camera away. Here are a few tips to help you with summer photography.


  • Shoot during golden hours

The best time to shoot at any time of the year is during the golden hours but it is even more so during summer. The most important factor in photography is the lighting. Although summer comes with long days and plenty of light, natural light during the day is generally too harsh. The light during the hours just after sunrise is rich and soft – perfect for beautiful images.



  • Use a polarizer

The harshness of summer daylight that leads to high contrast and adverse shadows can be reduced to some extent using a polarizer. Harsh light reflected by the various objects in your scene might have unwanted effects in your image. A polarizer will reduce the glare, cut down reflections and soften the contrast. Polarizers work best when at 90 degrees angle with respect to the sun; point your forefinger to the sun and hold out your thumb, any direction your thumb points to while rotating you hand is where the polarizer has to be directed for it to be most effective. However using a polarizer will reduce the exposure by about two stops, so change your exposure setting accordingly.


  • Add a twist with flares

What better to signify summertime in an image than flares! Flares can add a magical touch to images. The first step is to decide how pronounced you want the flare to be. Among other factors, the position of the sun plays an important role in flare photography. During golden hours, you can shoot directly into the sun.  During midday, you will have to use some object in your scene to break direct sunlight.


  • Capture silhouettes

Silhouettes are a great blend of mystery and dramatic effect. Summer light is great for silhouette photography. Silhouettes requires an overpowering backlight, which falls in line with strong summer light. To capture a silhouette place the subject in between the sun and your camera and try to avoid any light between the camera and the subject. The main detail in silhouettes is the outline; choose your subject with a pronounced and well-defined outline.



  • Shoot in monochrome

The high contrast of bright summer daylight and the dark shadows cast by it can be unsightly especially during midday when the sunlight is at its harshest. There is way to circumvent this problem. Try shooting in monochrome. High contrast scenes that look ghastly in color can lead to impressive monochrome images.



  • Incorporate shadows

Darkness can be used to create rich images. Shadows play a supporting role in photography; they can be used to emphasize details. Shadows are affected by the strength and direction of the light source. With stronger and longer sunlight hours, summer brings a treasure trove of interesting shadow possibilities. Shadows can also be the main subject of your scene; exclude the object causing the shadow and include just the shadow.



  • Click at night

Nighttime brings respite from the harsh light of summer daytime. So head on out for some night photography. The night sky is best photographed during summer time. Find a place where the effect of light pollution is negligible and you have uninterrupted view of the night sky. Do not fret if you live in an urban environment where the strong effects of light pollution cannot be avoided.  Twilight hours are longer in summer. You can capture good images with the lighting provided by the combined effects of artificial lighting and the natural light of twilight hours.


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