4 Use the whole day

There’s more to sum­mer shoots than get­ting up early and stay­ing out late

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The great thing about shoot­ing in the sum­mer months is the long days and amount of day­light avail­able for you to take ad­van­tage of. Dur­ing the day, how­ever, me­ter­ing can be­come tricky. Have you ever looked onto a glim­mer­ing ocean view, gone to cap­ture it with your cam­era, and been dis­ap­pointed by the re­sult? This is be­cause the hu­man eye can see the equiv­a­lent of about 14 f-stops of dy­namic range, while Nikon DSLRs are lim­ited to around eight. Don’t be dis­heart­ened though. As long as you choose the right sub­ject to pho­to­graph (un­der the right con­di­tions), the sea­son can be just as re­ward­ing as any other. Here, we’ll en­cour­age you to shoot through­out the day – in­clud­ing in the harsh, high and bright mid­day light. You could try to shake up your com­po­si­tion to avoid con­trast com­pletely, or use shade to your ad­van­tage. It’s time to make friends with mid­day…

Shoot­ing sum­mer scenes with a longer fo­cal length sim­pli­fies the com­po­si­tion. Ex­clud­ing a bright sky can make ex­po­sure eas­ier, too

Early-morn­ing light tends to be cooler. Ar­rive at least 30 min­utes be­fore ac­tual sun­rise to set up

Light in the mid­dle of the day can make land­scapes look a bit flat and two-di­men­sional

Late evening light leans to­ward pleas­ingly warm colour casts of orange and red

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