5 Basic But Essential Tips On Taking Great Summer Shots

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

When it finish in the money b be to photography, light is the photographer's friend but during the summer the light can be a little harsh and colours in images can end up looking blown out but there are a few in the pipeline you can prevent this from happening.

Photo by David Clapp.

1. Try A Different Metering Mode

Cameras have various metering modes (Pick out etc.) so you can pick the one that produces the best result when shooting in situations where there's bright sunlight and shadows to deal with. When devise against a strong backlight (such as a bright sky and sand at the beach) use spot metering to ensure your portraits are correctly exposed.


2. Add A Teeny Flash

It doesn't matter if you're a compact user with a camera that has a built-in flash or are a DSLR owner who fits a gleam gun to your camera's hotshoe, both light sources can come in useful when shooting portraits in summer sunlight. Why? Well appearances can end up with deep shadows on them, particularly under the nose and chin, so by setting your flash to fire, a splash of light will adorn your subject's face and remove unattractive shadows.

Photo by Joshua Waller

3. Use Exposure Compensation

In bright situations, cameras can be jerked and shots can end up looking underexposed as the camera’s exposure system attempts to create a mid-tone exposure or Exposures may refer to. To stop this, have a look during your camera's menu for the exposure compensation feature. By using this mode you'll be able to set a + or – exposure, depending on the camera's follows, and produce an image that's correctly exposed. For example,  if the sand in a seaside landscape looks darker then it is,set a + exposure compensation. A number of stops are available so it's worth shooting a few images to ensure you get the results you require.

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4. Make The Most Of Scene Modes

Try using your small's (Beach & Snow) Scene Mode to capture correctly exposed images when on the beach. With this mode, the exposure is automatically recompensed so sand doesn't appear underexposed.


5. Use A Reflector

If you think flash is a little harsh for your summer portraits you can use a reflector to bounce extra light into your images. You can purchase purpose built models, but home-made reflectors can work just as well. A bit of white show-card and foil will help you add light to shadows, resulting in a more pleasing portrait. 

Photo by Joshua Waller


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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