The best way to handle the sun when you have to shoot in the same direction with a DSLR camera
Dealing with the sun is important for travel photographers, especially if you want to start a photography business without experience. But what is the best way to handle the sun when you have to shoot in the same direction with a DSLR camera?

The best way to handle the sun when you have to shoot in the same direction with a DSLR camera

Dealing with the sun is important for travel photographers, especially if you want to start a photography business without experience. But what is the best way to handle the sun when you have to shoot in the same direction with a DSLR camera?

Sometimes the sun is so bright that shooting in its direction will fool the meter in your camera every time, and give you results you probably do not want. There are a couple of ways of handling in-your-face sunlight, however.

Using flash-light

The simplest and most effective way to handle strong backlighting is to pop up your flash, if your camera comes with one, or attach a flash to it, if it doesn’t.

Working without flash-light

The second option is to “bury” the sun behind the subject, then use center weighted or spot metering to get a good exposure. This trick is very easy to do, you will get a pretty, hazy light effect. That bit of haze is what you are looking for.

Creating stars

If you canot get rid of the sun, use it! Pick a lens opening that will give you sun stars, and make the sun star one of the focal points of the photo. Now, every lens in the world will not make sun stars, and of those that do, they usually will only do it at a small aperture, f/11, f/16, etc. But if you have a lens that makes good sun stars, this is one way to handle things. There are also screw on filters that will create sun stars.

Remember, if the light serves you lemons, make lemonade!

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Markus Hermannsdorfer

Markus Hermannsdorfer is a professional travel photographer, working as a photographer for the hotel and tourism industry since 2013.

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