With Spring finally sprung and the sun gracing us with it’s presence a little more often, I want to share some tips on how you can capture great images of your children when the sun is shining.
Fear not – I won’t overwhelm you with lots of technical jargon or bore you with shutter speeds, apertures and ISO. No, I am going to share a few simple tips that you can hopefully put into practice right away! Well, when the sun is next shining anyway.
So, picture this – Its a beautiful sunny day, grab the camera, the picnic and the children and off you go! Bright glorious sunshine is perfect weather to create a great photograph, right? Actually that could not be further from the truth – bright direct sunlight will create harsh nasty shadows on your little ones cute faces. It will make them pull strange squinty faces too – not very flattering!
The sun is at it strongest and highest during the hours of 10am – 4pm not great for shooting. As we know, it is between these hours that you will be most likely be out and about with the kiddies and want to take pictures of your children EEEK!
Does this mean you will never get that amazing photo of your cool dude on the beach or your princess running through a field of flowers on a gorgeous sunny day? Of course not – do not despair, there are certain things you can do.
Firstly, try encouraging your children into a shady open area, with the sun behind them. This will create a nice natural even light over the child, whilst making the background appear bright – stunning. The simplest solutions can sometimes be the best!
Secondly, think about your perspective. Changing this even slightly can alter the angle of the sun on your child or the camera. Moving yourself around, getting up high or down low could be all it takes. Don’t be conscious of what you may look like whilst doing this, after all you will be the one with the awesome photos that everyone envies!
Next up, on with your flash! I know what you’re thinking, why a flash in broad daylight? A flash will fill in any shadows and give the appearance of a more even spread of light. Again contrary to what we were all taught years ago, position your child with the sun behind them. This will make for really lovely natural looking light.
There are also reflectors, filters, lens hoods, and camera settings that could all help when taking photos in sunny conditions. I will be covering all of these on my blog in upcoming weeks so keep your eyes peeled.