Everyone loves the look of outdoor photos in the summer.  Here are some tips on getting the best summer photo imagesyou can.

  • Choose the best time of the day to shoot your photos.  There are two perfect times each day. One hour just after sunrise and before sunset. Shadows are longer, the color is warmer and the light is softer.
  • Make Shade. Shade can come from trees, buildings, crouching down next to a car. If you need shade, but have none, make some! This is where having an extra pair of hands comes in handy. Make shade with an umbrella or even a piece of foam board.
  • Sometime, you just have to make a choice.  The sun can be so blinding that the person can’t even open their eyes.  Take the shot anyway and see if you can use some it with the shadows and get creative.
  • Use a flash.  No one says you can’t use a flash when the sun is out.  You may love the idea of the light coming around your subject and the flash reflecting it.
  • Use your camera settings.  In the sun try to set your aperture to 16 (using AV mode on your camera) in bright sun-lit situations. If you’re in full manual mode, remember ISO should be at 100. And for shutter speed, try 1/100 or 1/125. For faster shutter speeds, you may find it helpful to bump up the ISO to 200.