Are you hot yet? I know I am! Today’s blog goes out to my summer lovers out there. While I’m not the biggest fan of the hot weather, I do like summer’s longer days and the abundance of colors that seem to be around every corner. So this blog is a set of tips for shooting in summertime conditions.
7 Tips for Summer Photography
1. Beware of Sunscreen. No not on your body, in fact you should be using SPF 30 to protect your skin outside - however, sunscreen is very damaging to cameras. The ingredients can eat and wear down camera seals, take finish off of lenses and even take the sheen of your camera body. Keep antibacterial lotion or wipes in your bag and use it immediately after applying sunscreen to help clean it off your hands.
2. Color, Color, Color. Use the bright colors that seem to be everywhere! Capture the blue skies by keeping the sun behind you and take full advantage of the summer saturations of colors.
3. Summertime Details. Capture the details that scream summer. Bright flowers, pools and sprinklers watering a green lawn, and who doesn’t love a shot of BBQ food items or a picnic basket. Do you have large bodies of water around you? If yes, it’s time to get out and photograph some beach lifestyles.
4. Travel Light. Don’t carry every lens you own! Limit yourself to 1 to 2 lenses for your walks… I mean do you really want all that added weight in the heat?
5. The Summer Portrait. The sun is harsh, so avoid having your subject looking directly into the sun. Shade can be your friend and it’s all about placement. If you are wanting a full on summer portrait position your model with their back to the sun and meter on the face to help avoid getting silhouettes.
6. Avoid Mid-Day. Avoid the noon sun as much as possible. Mid-Day lighting is extremely harsh and doesn’t make for the best lighting scenarios. If you are scheduling photography sessions do them earlier or later in the day. Added bonus, it’s cooler at those times and helps control moods and comfort levels.
7. Wet ‘N Wild - Keep Dry! And by dry I’m talking about your camera. Keep water splashes off your camera. Moisture, dust, and sand can harm your camera and it’s internal components. If you are doing lens changes, avoid the wind and the increased particles in the air. As for you, a bottle of water or even better yet a refillable water bottle should be part of your gear list. Stay hydrated and keep conscious of your eternal temperature.