How to make a good portrait under strong light conditions

How to make a good portrait under strong light conditions

1, to avoid positive light
Try not to allow direct sunlight to the subject’s face. Direct sunlight can leave too much shadow and glare of direct light will be photographed involuntary slightly narrowed eyes, face stiff. Find shade or shadow of a building, or change the subject in the face orientation can effectively solve this problem.

2. Choose a dark background
From a psychological point of view, people in the picture concern, priority is always the brightest part. On the prominent theme, it is clearly better than the dark background light background, unless you want to make a silhouette photo.
From the perspective of purely visual point of view, people seem bright background and dark, and the dark background was white; bright background makes the audience feel the glare, while the dark background is not. In addition, the dark background photo backlight, the light often give the subject’s hair and body contours plated on a faint golden light side, the visual effect is very beautiful, it is worth a try.

3, reasonable control exposure
Exposure under intense light, it is more difficult to control than the exposure in low-light conditions. Unable to find a dark background in the premise, you can shoot backlit photos, but do not face toward metering, this is likely to lead to the background overexposed. It recommended that the camera be transferred spot metering mode, select a little dark in the background, or hair at the edges slightly brighter for metering.

Then you should use the camera’s metering lock function. Find the AE-L button to lock the current photometry.

Keep in mind a principle: under strong light conditions of exposure, over exposure is the greatest threat of all to avoid overexposure to the center.
From another perspective, in the latter part of the process of correcting underexposed often been amended exposed than simple. Therefore, in the hot sun condition, rather neither underexposure nor overexposure. Try to choose a slightly brighter place to meter it.

4, careful lens flare
Under strong lighting conditions backlit film, the most common phenomenon is a lens flare, as showed in FIG.
And light reflection forming a wide angle lens flare generated when refracted through the lens and related. In general, wide-angle lens than the telephoto lens more prone to lens flare. How to avoid lens flare? Consider using the hood, or with obstructions (such as a finger) after shooting blocking direct light, and then with normal photographs are synthesized.

In addition to the above-described methods eliminate lens flare than to be rational use of lens flare, to add special photo artistic effects, as showed below.

To make these photos, you first need to lower the angle of the sun, before ten o’clock in the afternoon or after the time period is more suitable. Choose f / 16 and even smaller aperture, so that the sun will become a picture above ‘shine’ look. This method of point light sources is most applicable.
In composition, the sun on the corner of the screen, or the image above and showing from behind the subject’s foot.

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