Rocco Basile – How to Shoot in Sunny Locations

This is a great couple of tips from fellow photographer Rocco Basile. Rocco’s a long time photographer and one I consider a real friend. Read more about Rocco here.

Taking photos on sunny days can be productive and enjoyable or frustrating and impossible. How to shoot in sunny locations is not difficult; however, it does require skill and timing. Too much sun can make your photos look dark or unevenly lit. There are several tips that will make taking photos on sunny days productive and good such as being careful of overexposure. To ensure that your photos turn out well when the sun is bright, increase the shutter speed or decrease the aperture. Both of these modifications reduce the amount of light coming through the lens and provides a clearer photo.

Another tip that will help is to try and avoid noon. Subjects look the best when the light is shining on them from the sides. Actually, sunset and sunrise are the best times to take photos. The sun shines directly overhead during the middle of the day and often casts strong shadows on your subject. However, by waiting an hour or two for the sun to move some across the horizon, you can get a sideways kind of lighting, which often produces a clearer picture.

Most importantly, try using a fill flash; particularly if your subject is facing away from the sun or is wearing a hat. Your built-in flash will do in most cases. Simply change the settings to the fill flash mode. In addition, use a diffuser when there is too much direct light on your subjects. To do this, create one by building a wooden frame with a sheet stretched out across it or bring along a professional diffuser with you when taking photos.

Keep in mind; sunny days are great days to take photos of landscapes and wildlife because the fast shutter speeds and the closed aperture will prevent the photo from being overexposed. In addition, when there is extra bright light, take photos of wildlife. To help you select the right shutter speed, make sure that you use your camera’s onboard light meter. Also, don’t forget to take along the tripod. Take advantage of the sunny days when taking photos of landscapes and wildlife. Bright days will make landscapes and wildlife not only great looking but realistic and professional-looking.

To conclude, Shooting on sunny days can be productive and enjoyable or they can be frustrating and impossible. Follow one or more of the above tips and enjoy great photography, even when the sun is bright!

Thanks Rocco!