10 golden se­crets for great sum­mer shots

Get set for sun! Chris Ge­orge re­veals 10 of his favourite photo tips for get­ting great shots dur­ing the long­est days of the year – at home or abroad

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Chris Ge­orge helps you get more out of your sum­mer pho­tog­ra­phy

Sum­mer may seem like the best sea­son for pho­tog­ra­phy... but few pros would agree with this, even if they did not agree on which par­tic­u­lar sea­son was bet­ter. While the warmer weather and sun­light are looked for­ward to by peo­ple who live in tem­per­ate cli­mates – for pho­tog­ra­phers the sum­mer months are scorned upon be­cause of the harsh over­head light­ing, the ridicu­lously early dawns or the over­pow­er­ing green of the veg­e­ta­tion. Us pho­tog­ra­phers can be a mis­er­able bunch, can’t we?

Rea­sons to be cheer­ful

But there are plenty of rea­sons why the cam­era en­thu­si­ast should be happy that sum­mer is here – the first of which must be the long hours of day­light. You can shoot dra­matic land­scapes and cityscapes in the heart of win­ter – but those mo­ments where you luck out with the light are hard to come by; and some days every­thing is just grey, be­fore turn­ing to dark­ness mid­way through the af­ter­noon. The longer the day, the more chance you have of great light­ing con­di­tions – what­ever the weather – stack­ing the odds in favour of your nail­ing a worldie of a shot.

The sec­ond rea­son is that ev­ery sea­son is unique, and par­tic­u­larly so when it comes to mat­ters of na­ture. Sum­mer brings with her a cor­nu­copia of flow­ers that we don’t see at any time of the year, mak­ing this the most colour­ful time of the year in the gar­den. And the mul­ti­tude of mul­ti­coloured blooms also brings out but­ter­flies, bees, and mi­gra­tory birds. For the na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher, sum­mer is there­fore one of the busiest times in the calendar.

Third, the sum­mer brings a num­ber of sea­sonal out­door events – rock fes­ti­vals, cricket, base­ball, coun­try fairs and much more – each of­fer­ing great op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pho­tog­ra­pher. Warmer weather sig­nals the time for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties big and small. It is the best time of year for moun­tain treks or a stroll in the coun­try – with your cam­era in your back­pack, of course.

Last but not least, for many of us sum­mer is the time for a well-earned hol­i­day – a chance to un­wind, rest, and dis­cover new places. And for us pho­tog­ra­phers, it is this time of work or study that gives us time to re­ally en­gage with our pho­tog­ra­phy, to try out new tech­niques, and be at one with our cam­era.

Here on the fol­low­ing pages are 10 tech­niques or mantras that are de­signed to help any­one get the most out of their pic­ture-tak­ing over the sum­mer months.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jacky Parker Pho­tog­ra­phy Lo­ca­tion Iver, Buck­ing­hamshire, United King­dom Ex­po­sure 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

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