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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and are staying warm! I know that when it gets down into the 30’s in Florida, I can only imagine what’s going on with my neighbors to the North. With my end of the year review, I got a ton of feedback from you that some of your favorite posts to read were my photography tutorials. I am so excited to hear that because they are some of my favorites to write! It is probably the teacher in me. Remember, I am completely self-taught. If I can do this, so can you. I have to say if there is one “mistake” that I find a lot of people are guilty of is something that is not always avoidable. I use the term mistake loosely because I feel that everything is a learning opportunity. If you are frustrated with how your pictures are turning out, I have a feeling this may be the reason why.
The Number One Photography Mistake You Are Making: Plus, How to Fix It!
You are probably shooting in direct sunlight and in the middle of the day
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Here is why this is a problem.
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When you are shooting in the middle of the day, the sun is extremely harsh. It is going to wash out your clothes and create tons of shadows. Unfortunately, I had to shoot this past weekend in the middle of the day and it was extremely frustrating. I tried to position myself up against the wall, sitting, standing, and Mark shooting me from all different angles. It just didn’t work out.
I tried to increase my shutter speed up (1/640ms and 1/800ms) but still it was giving tons of weird shadows.
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Here is how to fix it
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Find the shade or use the back side of a building to cut off the rays of the direct sun.
In this shot, it was still pretty sunny out but first thing in the morning. I also had some building walls around to help. Plus, we took advantage of a few puffy clouds and hurried to get this perfect capture.
If the sunlight is completely unavoidable, you can put your F-stop up to a higher number (for example F 11) which will let less light in, make sure your ISO is completely down to nothing and then play around with your shutter speed, increase it up to fire fast therefore, not letting as much light in. Make sure your white balance is set to the “sunny” or outdoor symbol. You can also set your own (tons of youtube tutorials on it). Or shoot with the sun directly at your back. That way you aren’t squinting into the sun and it’s not washing out the front of your outfit.
See no good. The front part is washed out and the back part is dark. I’m facing directly into the harsh sunlight.
Sometimes you just have to accept the circumstance you are in and be happy with a few usable pictures. See how it’s still not really ideal though? The sweater is half in the sun and the leggings are totally washed out.
I recommend shooting first thing in the morning when the sun is not as harsh. Remember how the sun behind you looks completely different….
Then, the sun directly at you.
I also love shooting when the sun is setting but just know it’s a ticking time bomb. These pictures are so warm, glowing, and dreamy……but I only had about 10 minutes to get them before I lost all the light.
So the number one piece of advice I can give you is get up early and avoid that mid day direct sunlight. Or be hopeful for those cloudy days without rain. Those are perfection.
I hope you liked this tutorial. Do you find that you battle with the sun? Did you know you were doing this and didn’t even realize it? Do you wake up early to capture your shots? If you liked this, I would appreciate if you would pin it and share! Check out all my other photography tutorials here.