This can be tough to get right, but I’ve found that the latest camera sensors seem to be dealing with this difficult lighting situation really well. Experiment with your camera to see how it copes and create beautiful dreamy images.
I am using this technique in both my travel and garden photography and clients do love the feel.
Here are a few tips for shooting into the sun.
Keep your lens clean.
Dust, grease and scratches increase the risk of getting distracting flare. If you have a lens protecting filter on, take it off as sunlight can bounce in between the filter and the lens.
Use manual mode.
Choose the ISO you want, shoot in RAW and manual focus. Choosing your own aperture and shutter speed gives you the desired control over the effect you are after. Underexposing the image will give you dark silhouettes,
while overexposing gives detail in the subject and a more dreamy feel.
Tripods make life easier.
When shooting backlight with the camera on a tripod, it’s easier to move the camera angle to control any distracting flare.
ND graduated filters.
These will help balance the exposure in your photograph. Remember to keep your filters clean.
Hide the sun behind an object.
Placing the sun behind an object gives you less chance of flare and can create a beautiful feel to your photograph.
One thing to take into consideration is that different camera models do act differently using this technique. Get to really know your camera model and what the sensor can deal with. Have fun and try out different apertures and lenses to see what effects they give. Once you’ve mastered the technique with a tripod you can use it in other styles of photography where a tripod can’t be used.
Finally be careful, don’t look into the sun for too long as it can damage your eyes.
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