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Using the Sun to take Great Photos

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In Recent years the sun has been the main focus of my photography everything revolves around the sun ..

It is true in everyday photo taking that the sun plays a big role in taking a good photo .. How much do you consider the sun when  you go out to take that happy snap??

If you take your shot with the sun shining straight into your camera the person in the image or the main focus point is going to be blocked out by the suns rays. This can also be used to your advantage if you like the outlined shots and can then play around with holding the sun.

Using the sun as a focal point

To get a good photo of any subject the best way is to get the sun over your shoulder (unless you are taking a photo of the sun) with the sun shining on the object in question usually in the morning or afternoon not in the middle of the day when the sun is at it’s brightest and above us.

Horse in Close Up with Sun shining on the face

If your subject is unmovable and you still want to take a photo of it with the sun behind it try moving yourself to the left or right of the object to see if you can get the sun to shine in from the side instead of directly behind.  Sometimes if it is a landscape you just have to take notice of the time of day and try at a different time patience and another visit can make it all the more enjoyable image.

Moving so the Sun is shining in from the side

When taking a image of the sunrise or sunset it needs to be when the sun is low in the sky so that it is not too bright and just floods the sky so you can’t see the sun at all even then sometimes you will get solar flares in the image they can be interesting to see and add to the photo.  Also try to line up the horizon so it is straight and have one third of either the sky or ground in the photo so it isn’t confusing to the eye what the main subject is .. I like to use one third of the sky in beach scenes as you can fill up the bottom with sand and waves usually use mostly sky in the landscape sunrise/ sunsets.

20th september 2010

16th of September 2010 Sunrise

Now I have no claim to knowledge of taking day shots of the sun directly … pretty much if I see a pretty cloud formation with the sun poking through I just get in there and have a go if it’s too bright for you eyes use the view screen on the back of your camera.  Better to try and get a good photo than not try and miss out.

Sun through the clouds

Whatever you do just get out in the sunshine and take those photos it is all down to practice and being aware of your surroundings sometimes you wont have a chance to stop and work it all out so just snap away and hope for the best but those times you can just take a minute to look around and find the best spot to take that amazing photo.


Author: Coralie Plozza

Living on Rainbow Farm with my two beautiful children and fur baby Billy in Busselton, Western Australia provides me with stunning sunrise and sunsets and the beauty of Australia's flora and fauna. I hope to bring just a little bit of inspiration, healing and lots of sunshine to your day.

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