Some Helpful Tips for Shooting in Harsh Midday Sun

We all know about golden hour and how it can offer you warm, soft, and flattering light for your photos, but if you're only working with natural light, restricting yourself to only golden hour can make it quite difficult to get shoots done. This great video will give you some helpful tips for dealing with harsher midday sun.

Coming to you from Michael Sasser, this helpful video will give you some tips for shooting in midday sun. The problem with midday sun is that it tends to be very hard light from directly overhead, creating numerous unflattering shadows and stark contrast. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean you should never shoot in it, as it offers a look all its own, and you can also take steps to work around it and create softer, more flattering light. Often, this means doing something as simple as finding a place that provides a bit of shade. And of course, even though the video shows usage of driveways and the like, as you're looking for places to shoot, be respectful of private property. That's just one way around the issue, though. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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9 Comments

Leigh Miller's picture

..My guess is that if you follow the 'usual' formula the half naked girl cancels out the hard light.

marcus joyce's picture

If you look hard enough there's shadows being cast...

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Modifiers and shade are for the weak! j/k :)

Was the half naked clickbait image really necessary? Gutter journalism.

Alex Cooke's picture

You mean the image of the subject he’s shooting the entire video?

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

It's called a swimsuit/swimwear. You frigid prunes need to get out more.

T Scarb's picture

A bathing suit? Seriously stop embarrassing yourself.

Domeyko Photography's picture

Thank you Alex. Enjoyed the video/tutorial and picked up something new. Would give you a "look" but I don't have a youtube account.

Maksims Ter-Oganesovs's picture

thanks! Good tips!