Finding the best light when shooting in mid-day sun!

written by Beckie of

The other day, I did 2 college grad photo sessions. They took place at approximately 4p when the sun was still pretty high, and viciously bright and harsh! So, I thought I would talk today about finding the best light when shooting in the mid-day sun!

I like to find places that have a lot of open shade, but also don’t have a lot of bright distracting things going on in the background! When shooting in open shade, you are free to place your subject facing whichever direction to the sun that you like!


When there is no shade, I place my subjects with their backs to the sun. This helps avoid squinting when looking into the sun, and also prevents raccoon eyes! Another plus to shooting into the sun is that you can get some really pretty back-lighting! Using a reflector or fill flash can help you add light to your subject’s face if it is too dark. And shooting manual is the best way to get properly exposed back-lit photos! I also set my camera to spot-metering.

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. What beautiful pictures Beckie! Thanks for the tips too!

  2. Beautiful pictures Beckie!

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