Photography Tips For The Summer

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  By Michael Moodie
Photography Tips For The Summer

I hope you guys didn’t miss me too much cause I’m back and ready to give you some more amazing tips for the summer and year round. The sun is out which means it’s time to call up some friends, get out the swimwear and have some fun but don’t forget the camera. For those of us who are in summer school or still stuck at work, these tips may just come in handy when you get some free time to have fun in the sun as well. In this article, I will be sharing with you some photography tips that may just come in handy when you’re out and about with your camera this summer. In addition, these tips should also help you to smash the Instagram game and get your likes flowing throughout the summer so let us begin.

1. Prepare for the HEAT

Summer heat is no joke and as a result, you should always be prepared with the tools and supplies you might need when outdoors. If you live in a Tropical country like me then this may not bother you as much. However, for those of you who reside in countries with intense seasons then you may just want to be mindful of this. Some of you may be wondering how do you prepare for the summer as a photographer? Well, firstly you want to go through your closet and look for anything which allows the proper breeze to pass through and cool you down when working. Depending on the occasion or nature of the shoot, shorts and tank tops are always a winner.

When shooting in jeans or a long sleeve shirt during the summer, you may just find yourself getting miserable or agitated because you start to feel humid. In addition to picking out the right set of clothes, footwear is also very important. I would recommend getting a pair of proper running shoes that can provide ventilation to avoid sweaty or stinky feet. Last but not least, do everything in your power to not wear anything the color black. If you do you will suffer the consequences of your decision. The color black ultimately attracts heat so if you find yourself wearing a black shirt, short or shoes then you know what you’re about to get yourself into.

2. Travel Light

Summer usually consist of a lot of traveling on foot and as a result of this, you always want to ensure you’re carrying as little amount of gear as possible for various reasons. The first reason is it enables you to go a further distance if hiking or traveling on foot during the long, hot days.

The greater the load on your back means the more energy you find yourself using up. You then begin to sweat and become dehydrated which will limit your capabilities of getting good shots or enjoying your hike. To avoid this you should only pack things you absolutely need on your trip and nothing that isn’t beneficial to getting a great shot.

3. Use a lot of Color

Summer usually consists of beautiful blue skies and lush green landscape which can be used to our advantage as photographers. When comes to photography, having the right colors and textures in an image can almost be compared to when wearing jewelry, it helps to make the outfit that much better.

In your photo sessions this summer or when you’re just out with some friends, try to involve some more color into your frames and watch them come to life. These colors also enable you to play with different settings in post-production such as your contrast, warmth and even your color channels. All these things allow you to have more fun when editing your shots as well as capture the attention of your viewer.

4. Shoot in the Shade

You will eventually experience some harsh sunlight during your session which often makes it a bit harder and exhausting to shoot for a few reasons. The first reason is that well it’s scorching hot and you might find your subject or even yourself getting a bit irritated and annoyed. Always make sure to keep your subject as comfortable as possible and find a shaded area for them to cool down. If you have an assistant along with you during a session, they can also help by using the reflectors as a fanning tool. Another reason why I recommend shooting in some shade is that harsh light will produce harsh shadows which can be a pain to work with in post-production, especially shadows in the face.

Shooting in the shade will award you with a nice evenly toned image as well as giving a cool refreshing look to your shoot. In addition to that, your images will reflect a relaxed and comfortable subject.

I hope you guys enjoyed this article and it helps you to create some amazing shots this summer. Until next time, thank you for stopping by and I’m excited to share some more tips with you!

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Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

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