We're still waiting for the sun to come out for the spring in not-so-Hotlanta, but that isn't stopping us from buying up margarita mix, picking out a new bikini and getting the camera ready for those summertime Kodak moments out on the deck. But shooting in the sunlight does come with its own challenges.
- Shooting in really bright light can cause your subjects to look dark in photos. You can go with the flow and shoot silhouettes. Or, you can use a reflector or just your camera's flash to fill the dark areas with direct light.
- Direct sunlight can have some wacky effects on your lens. Prevent glare and lens flare with a lens hood. If you're a fake-it-'til-you-make-it aspiring professional, go ahead and buy one (They're $15-$30). But if you want a one-time-use hood that's (practically) free, check out Lenshoods.net and print out a paper-cutout template for your camera model.
- The bright light of summertime means lots of shadows—and big contrast in your shots. If you think the contrast is too harsh for your color pictures, switch to a black-and-white mode. Many professional B&W photogs prefer harsh light for its serious contrast capabilities.
(Image: Flickr user Nik.Clayton under license from Creative Commons.)