Some tips for taking photographs in the Summer

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Long summer days

There must be more photographs taken in the summer than any other season. Today, more people own a camera of one sort or another than ever before; it maybe a digital slr, a modest compact or a mobile phone, and they’re all snapping away during those long, warm summer days, and it’s no wonder, there’s so many subjects to photograph. So with the right technique and a little thought before you press the shutter you could capture some really great images.

Image by Luis Hernandez

 The summer landscape.

Unlike winter, summer is filled with green landscape, colourful flowers and blue skies. As with all landscape photography you need to make use of the available light and there’s plenty of that in the summer months.

The time of the day can have a dramatic effect on your photograph; around midday the sun can be harsh for a landscape shot, but wait ’til the evening and the light becomes softer and warmer, especially nearer the ‘magic hour'; a chance to shoot sublime summer sunset perhaps?.

Image by HPUPhotogStudent

People

If you’re taking a picture of  someone, try getting in close with your camera. This lovely, well captured image below by  A Witt  is a good example.

 

Avoid having the sun behind your subject (unless your going for a silhouette shot) but if you have no choice then use a fill-in flash to lighten your subjects face.

A candid shot of someone can work well, with some people, having a camera pointing at them can make them feel self conscious- we’ve all seen those fake cheesy grins- so try photographing them when they’re not aware of the camera, or try photographing them from a distance using a telephoto or zoom lens; people will feel more relaxed when the camera is further away.

Colour

There’s no shortage of colour in the summer months, it can be found anywhere, from a field full of  sunflowers to the bright summer clothing seen in the town and city parks. Colour can add real impact to your photographs, so keep a look out for subjects containing bright, vivid or contrasting colours.

 

These brightly coloured crocs by lizjones112  makes  for an eye catching image.

A colourful field of sunflowers by Bert Kaufmann

Two colourful well managed shots by Laris Sa

This image above of  someone dozing in the shade by Linda Cronin, really captures a lazy summer day.

A tranquil summer sunset captured by kennymatic

This image of some cherries looks so good I can almost taste them, image by Linda Cronin

A good close-up of a sunflower. Image by hello-julie

And yet another lovely summer image by Linda Cronin, you know how to take a good shot Linda!

Just listen to the barley rustling in the breeze. Image by Simistef

A very atmospheric shot by PhillipC

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