Another late post today; guess it’s just going to be one of those weeks!
Well spring has arrived here and the weather is warming up, this combined with the summertime images I’ve been viewing taken by a blogging friend in India, has got me thinking summer.
No I’m not a fan of hot weather; in fact I really can’t stand the heat. But I do like the bright skies and longer days. They make for lots of opportunities for bright colorful photos!! So I thought I’d share some summertime tips and ideas with you all today.
If you have more summertime tips and ideas please share them in the comments.
1. Color – Use those bright colors of summer to add “heat” to your photos, use those cool tones to bring a much-needed relief; adjust the saturation in your camera or in post. Capture those bright blue skies by shooting with the sun at your back.
2. Details – Capture little details that say “it’s summertime!”. Things like bright blooming flowers, pools filled with cool blue water, sparkling spray of a garden sprinkler, and don’t forget to use that long zoom to get a tasty shot of the bar-be-que! Use the zoom so you don’t smoke up your camera.
3. Avoid Overexposure – Both for yourself and your photos. Put on the sunscreen when you head out to keep from getting a nasty burn and increase the shutter speed to keep from over exposing your images.
4. Capture Your Vacation – Sure take lots of pictures of that family trip but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too. Try limiting yourself to only a small number of shots at each location and be creative with them. Then shut off the camera and have a good time.
5. Travel Light – Don’t carry every lens you own if you are out in the heat. Limit your day trips to just one or two lenses. Who needs all that extra weight when the temperatures soar!
6. Portraits – Don’t try to take portraits with the subject looking into the sun. No one looks good squinting. Have your subject stand with their back to the sun and meter for their faces to avoid getting silhouettes. It’s summertime, it’s OK to have that bright sunshine halo!
7. Avoid Mid-Day – Try to avoid that noon day sun if you can. It’s so harsh and doesn’t make for the best lighting. Do the bulk of your photography earlier or later in the day. Added bonus, you’re out when it’s a bit cooler!
8. Keep Dry – Not you; your camera. Keep the swimming pool splashes and sea sprays off your camera. Moisture, dust, and sand are all evil villains to your camera. As for yourself; stay hydrated. READ MORE