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Thursday, June 24, 2010

3 Useful tips for taking portrait in a bright sunny day

Great shots come with great light. But lots of light does not always result to great shots either. Too much light especially on bright sunny day may sometimes give you a real headache giving you overexposed shots.

How do you manage to come up with good portrait shots even during bright sunny day?

Shooting in bright midday sun where light is coming from directly above is going to mean that your subject can have some pretty heavy shadows cast on parts of their face.Not to mention the difficulty sometimes for the subjects to look natural and not end up looking like grimacing in pain while you squint to keep the sun our of your eyes.

Here are 3 useful tips for shooting portraits in bright sun light. These are pretty basic for those who are out and about and don't want to haul an outdoor studio along.

Fill Flash - you might think its strange switching on the flash in bright sunlight but it is actually onf the best times to do it. Those heavy shadows cast on your subjects face by the sun can be removed with a little extra light from your camera's flash.

Intensity of flash output can be controlled by many digital cameras with the flash compensation function. Just do a little trial and error with flash compensation - dial your flash either up or back a little once you've taken a first test shot until you get a nice natural light.

The advantage of using a little fill flash is it will often darken your background a bit which somehow give your shot a little more punch and make your subject stand out a little from the background. Fillflash also creates a little catchlight in the eyes of your subject giving their eyes that little extra sparkle. If you take the fillflash shot with the sun behind your subjects it will create a little backlight falling upon their their hair and shoulders giving much impact on the the result.

Shoot in the Shade. Another simple way to avoid shadows on the face of the subjects is to simply move your subject in a shade. The key is to find a spot where the subjects are not in the dark but have enough nice even light falling on them.

If moving to a shade will give a tight head shot, you might ask someone to hold an umbrella or some other object to create some shade over your subjects' face.

Find a Reflector- Any white or light colored surface can be used as a reflector of light. The purpose of the reflector while the subject is under the shade it bounce a little light into the face and minimize shadowy areas.

You may position the subject by a white wall or position many white objects that are out of frame to reflect light.


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