I’m Adri, I’m the proud owner of Dear Photographer.
So far, I have a couple of years under my belt. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the golden light. In fact, I think I did golden light right from the beginning. It was what every photographer who I followed did and what photographer blogs suggested, and while it is such a lovely time to shoot. It can also be very restrictive. For example, I’ve learned with certain client’s children, the golden light hour is usually their dinner time.
I’ve had some extremely cranky little clients. It is totally not their fault that we are switching up their routine. This year a Mom of certain cranky little clients asked if we could maybe do 1 pm since we know from experience how not-so-well they do at my very strict “only shooting time.”
I was apprehensive about the idea but I agreed, and I loved the result. The shoot pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am now more willingly to shoot in daylight more than ever. I secretly love to see those bright blue skies, that sadly get blown out much of the time by the sun.
Here are some tips that helped me be successful with full sun shooting. Hope they help you as well.
1. Camera ISO
ISO should be at 100-200, anything higher than that and you will experience blowouts
2. Consider location and subject.
If I had a couple, I wouldn’t mind an open field with absolutely nothing around.I could pose and work with the harsh light. For children however, I like to chase and interact as play time. Chose a location that has some sort of shade options for them, since they move pretty fast. To try to avoid as much as possible what I like to call “squinty-eyed face”
3. Shoot in RAW
Especially if you are very, extremely new to full sun shooting. It can definitely be a lifesaver, in post-processing.
4. Meter: expose for the light
This has been a new phenomenon for me. No matter what light I am shooting on I am metering exposing my light, not my subjects. It has helped me achieve the look I was going for without so much time in post.
5. Place yourself on the shadow side when shooting.
Even at one hour past the highest hour of the sun (1 pm) there is that side which will give you even light. When shooting children, ALWAYS go on that side, with the sun slightly behind. No matter what they are doing. On this side, you can be sure to avoid the “squinty-eyed face” one hundred percent. Since you are exposing for the light, their faces will be underexposed but easily fixed in post.
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