It’s summertime and your social calendar is full.  You’ve booked your vacation, you’ve been invited to at least a dozen barbecues and you have your swim suit at the ready.  But there is still one problem:  Your photos from last summer were a big belly flop!  They were either too bright or too dark, or just plain out of focus.  You think it’s impossible for you to take a good picture in the bright summer sun.  Well, think again.  While it is true that the summer sunlight can be very intense, if you follow these simple steps, you can take great summer photos that will be the envy of all your friends.

Take Cover!

Let’s face it, the sun can be unsympathetic to your photography needs.  Don’t let that deter you though.  Instead, take a step back and take a good look at your surroundings.  Find a shady area, like under a tree or near the side of a building; or if you are at the pool or the beach, try under a beach umbrella, or life guard chair, or maybe some sand dunes. Anyplace there is shade.  Be creative and have fun with it.

Stay away from the light!

It may not have been good advice for Carol Anne in Poltergeist, but it is good advice for you.  If shade can’t be found, make sure the subject of your photo is placed in front of the sun.  By doing this, you can block out most of the sun’s rays, while still letting some light leak through.  You can also play with your angles on this one to take photos that really pop!

Apply Your Sunblock! 

So what about those candid moments that you just don’t want to miss, but fear the bright sun will erase forever?  Don’t fret!  You can create a filter using your sunglasses! Simply hold your lens directly in front of your camera and take a photo. You can have fun with this one too, by holding the glasses at different angles to see where the effect is strongest.

Timing is Everything!

The two best times of day to take amazing photos are one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. It is at these times when the sun is low in the sky that help to produce a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering the strong rays of the midday sun.

Everyone at Newton Design & Marketing wishes everyone a happy safe summer!

Thank you to Liz Ha for supplying Newton with tips on taking a great photo.

Written by amy