How to work with strong direct light in digital photography is our focal point in this write up. Some professional photographers are of the opinion that avoiding set times of the day contributes to achieving the best natural lighting condition. It is key that professional photographers are versatile and vast in knowledge of the best practice in all conditions; midday sunlight.
When the sun is directly high, peering through your viewfinder, you will see bright light and deep shadows. How do you handle this? Follow the tips given below:
How to work with strong direct light in digital photography
- Try back lighting
For effective execution of the back lighting technique, you position the subject between yourself and the sun. Set your exposure to suit your subject, then take note of the exquisite, bright outline the sun creates at the backside.
2. Make use of a reflector
Another alternative, which depends on what kind of tools you have, is to make use of a white or neutral gray colored reflector. This is to help light up your subject with a soft diffused light. When using this technique, for best results, position your subject in such a way to be primarily lit by the diffused light in your control; not by that natural direct light.
3. Make use of a fill- in flash
You can also attempt using your camera’s flash directly on your subject in a bid to reduce contrast and create a desirable balance of tones. Moreover, when using this method, it is important to put into consideration that this leaves you susceptible to a kind of flat and two-dimensional look. In order to avoid this, ensure that the flash you are making use of is only powerful enough to fill in the details in shady areas within your composition.