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Today was all about experimentation! My husband was giving me a bad time about only taking pictures during sunset and to maybe try something new. He was so right! So, I did some quick research online to see what I could find about shooting in the mid day harsh sun. Today was crazy bright...not a cloud in the sky and these pictures were taken at 1pm. To top it off, my youngest is one of those children who can not look at a camera without jacking her face all up...just like her mother! :)
Here is what I can recall from my Internet search today...and there will be more to come as I learn more.
- Fill Flash is very useful during the day to help with those harsh shadows on the face
- Using reflectors either white, gold, or silver. I actually took a car seat box that was in our garage and tore it up into sections. One section I sprayed gold, the other white, and the last silver. Cheap and fast!
- Embrace the harsh shadows, look for interesting lines or details that would not be present any other time of the day
- Have the subject look up so their face is being evenly hit with that direct bright light
- Underexpose your images to help with blown highlights
- Use an umbrella to create shade, it was suggested to use a white one
- Find shade and position your subject near the shade edge to get nice light, and those beautiful catch lights
- Fancy flash equipment...I don't have any, so I just skimmed through any info on that subject
- I personally love my subjects to be back lit, like this picture or side lit. I took a couple of shots with her facing the sun and they were AWFUL...very flat or totally blown, due to the fact I didn't underexpose.
- Practice and keep reading all the literature I can find on the subject
Did I do any of these things with this particular picture? Nope, just exposed for her skin and tried to hide the sun a tad by her head. I like sunburst like this, so I wanted a little sun peaking out. I suppose if I had a perfect scenario and many arms, I would of held my gold reflector under her face to bring a little more light onto her face, but I am very pleased with the results today. In photoshop I bumped up the blacks a bunch since this image was so filled with lots of light and warmed the white balance, the shot was too blue for my taste. I think I read somewhere that mid day sunlight was blue...
More pictures to come and more experimentation is on the way! Thanks for taking a look! :)