If you're going photographing this summer, the chances are that you will come across a situation where you are shooting in bright sunlight, Here's our guide to coping with it.
When it comes to shooting in bright sunlight, always remember the safety element. Never point your camera directly up at the sun and look through the viewfinder as you could seriously damage your eyes. Remember to take a hat and some sun cream and take plenty of water with you to keep hydrated.
There are a few accessories that will help you when shooting in bright sunlight:
A lens hood will prevent the sun getting at your lens directly from the side or above, minimizing your chances of the photo being spoiled. For more tips, have a look at this article: Using Lens Hoods
This sounds strange but if you are out in a wide open space and need to shade a person in order to balance the exposure, an umbrella or parasol will do the job brilliantly. A large brimmed hat will create a similar effect.
These come in a variety of shapes and sizes and the pop up versions can be very useful as they are small and portable. They are useful when the light is casting long shadows on one particular part of your subject. For more tips on using reflectors, have a look at this technique: Basic Reflector Tips
A polarising filter
will reduce reflections and glare, something you can get quite a bit of on a sunny day. For more tips, have a look at this article: Using Polarisers
Shooting in direct, bright sunlight won't produce flattering shots but you don't want to work in an area where light will appear dappled such as under a tree canopy that has lots of space between the leaves. Instead, find a shaded spot where the light's more even, shooting with the light behind your subject to make them 'pop'. For buildings, this isn't possible so you'll have to wait for the sun to move position.