How to Fix harsh sunlit shots
Create a key and fill effect
A common photo lighting technique is called ‘key and fill’ – a bright light slightly above the subject illuminates one side, a softer light lifts the hard shadows that creates on the other. In our example, our key is the sun. First, deselect all lights, choose Shadows and turn the dial to +1. This removes a shadow effect that Apollo automatically adds. Then, we move our light to the shadowed side. We’ve set the distance to +1.16 (bringing it toward the screen slightly) and brightness to +0.8. And that’s it. The effect is subtle, but it evens out our subject nicely.