Outdoor Taping with a Bright Sun

When taping outdoors, the position of the sun must be one of your primary considerations.

If the sun is positioned behind your subject and shining into the camera lens, you will end up with a subject that is far too heavily back-lit, very dark, and you will experience a terrible glare or flare in your camera’s lens. Take a look at this picture of the fisherman. The sun is behind his head. As a result it is very difficult to make out his face.

So, let’s turn it around. The sun should be positioned behind the camera. This way, it not only stays out of the camera lens, but it acts as a lighting source on your subject. Take this second picture as an example. You can see by his shadow that the sun is behind the camera at a slight angle. The subject’s face is evenly lit and overall the shot looks good.

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