Chapter Two. Direct Sunlight, No Shade in Sight

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Sometimes you are asked to shoot in direct sunlight with no shade in sight—a portrait session in the middle of a field, a wedding ceremony at high noon. When the sun is blaring down and you can’t take cover, what do you do?

Try to sculpt the light. When you take control of the direct sunlight, you can bend it to your will to help create a glowing radiance on your subject. Although controlling the light is easier for portrait shoots than event photography, several solutions can help you make striking images—even in direct sunlight with no shade in sight.

Create Your Own Shade

When no natural shade ...

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