In the UK we get mega excited when the sun shines and feel like we need to take advantage of this! At some Weddings I’ve photographed and even when I’ve just been shooting outside locally, a few people say the same thing.. “Why are you not taking photographs in the sun!?”. At another Wedding I assisted I heard the photographer I was working with get asked “Why are you shooting into the sun?”. I totally agreed with what she was doing, when there is no shade what so ever I will always shoot into the sun. I personally like the ‘dreamy’ effect it gives. (Thank you Shannon for being my model!)
I haven’t touched this photograph in photoshop, it was taken at ISO125 1/2000 f1.4. The sky gets a little burnt out, but I much prefer the tone on her skin as opposed to direct sunlight. Everything seems softer when shooting into the sunshine.
This is the effect you get when you stand your subject in the sun. You get shadows, your subject will be squinting and I tend to find harsh sunlight can make make-up look heavy. This was taken at ISO 125 1/8000 f1.8
If possible, I will always try and shoot in the shade (if it’s a mega sunny day). If it’s an overcast day, this is sort of perfect! If not, try and find shade! ISO 200 1/320 f2.5. On this photograph the background isn’t too bright and shannon’s skin looks so much better than in the harsh sunlight!
Hope I’ve explained this okay! And my theories behind why I do what I do!