How to Photograph in Harsh Midday Sun

We constantly talk about how soft light is flattering and how to find or craft it for our images. However, if we spend our careers shooting in nothing but soft light, we will miss out on countless photographic opportunities. There is no reason to be afraid of harsh, midday sun. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how to embrace that hard light and create dynamic and compelling photos. 

Coming to you from Roman Fox, this fantastic video tutorial will show you how to shoot worthwhile photos in harsh midday sun. I think the most important advice Fox shares is about not trying to turn high contrasts into low and vice versa. The mistake most photographers make with harsh light is trying to make photos that would normally be made in soft light in it. Doing this will often lead to frustrating and a lot of time and effort wasted on trying to make images the light simply is not conducive to. Rather, the trick is to learn to read the light and embrace the sort of photos it is giving you the opportunity to make. If you can do this, not only will you great expand your creative palette, you will enjoy the experience far more. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Fox. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Don't...have lunch swim relax wait till golden light till last light...

I quite like harsh light for street photography. Allows a grittiness that's hard to get otherwise.

I like the relax and wait idea, pity it doesn't work for a lot of wildlife photography :(

Really good video and Roman has a great eye.