Summer is so very close… We reckon that as soon as “drownload” (aka Download Festival!) is over the sun will be hanging around a little bit more this summer! With this in mind Lou and James, our resident photographers at our Derby and Lichfield based studios, have put together some “top tips” to ensure you get the best out of your summer photo’s… So whether your going to enjoy a beach abroad or embrace a “staycation” this summer we’re sure you’ll be able to use these to get the very best from your photos!
- This is an obvious one but make sure the sun is not behind what you are photographing otherwise you’re going to see a lot of a purply-black blob and not much else! You could always get slightly arty and create a sillouhette though…
- Speaking of sun, the sun can be at its brightest between 8am and 5pm – especially abroad! If you are wanting to do group shots next to the pool or at the beach it may be worth heading down in the evening when the light is softer and not as harsh or intense. Having said this, buildings can look stunning on a bright blue sky if this is what you’re more interested in photographing
- Following on from tip #2, we suggest photographing people in the shade during the sunny daytime. The light will be softer, the shadows will weaker and this will create a lower, softer, contrast. You’ll also avoid “squinty eyes” and those harsh shadows which can sometimes make your eyes and nose look slightly unflattering! With the right composition/background,inside holiday snaps can be as pretty as outside! Failing that, try goggles or sunglasses – just make sure you don’t get the reflection of your camera in the glass!
- A wonky horizon line can ruin an image! Try and make sure that your horizon line is straight and not going through the middle of somebody’s head – or else they’ll looked chopped in half!
- If you’re on holiday and wanting to take photographs of the interior of your hotel, for example, try including long shadows caught by the sun through the window. It can make what could be seen as a flat, boring image, a lot more interesting to the eye
However the best bit of advice we can give you is to make sure you enjoy not only taking your photographs, but looking back at them in the autumn! Not every image has to be award worthy – if it represents a happy time and brings back a memory we reckon you’ve got a good shot.
James, Lou and the firefly team!