Posted May 30, 2012 by Gavin Hoey in Articles

Sun or Shade, which is best?

What’s the best lighting conditions for taking photos? OK, so that’s a rhetorical question as there is no ideal light for every occasion but light does have the power to influence your enthusiasm for photography.

Be honest, when you look out the window on a grey overcast day where the chances of rain is fairly high, the last thing that’s on your mind is grabbing your camera and taking some photos. Of course the flip side is as soon as the sun comes out, everyone’s up for a bit of photo fun.

If that sounds like you then think carefully before taking photos of people or objects in direct sun as the contrast can often be to much for most cameras to capture.


The photo above illustrates the problem and a solution.

The image on the left is full sun and trust me, it looked perfect to my eyes. However the camera couldn’t see what I saw and the resulting image is a contrasty mess.

To improve the photo I simply used my hand (just out of shot) to cast a shadow over the flower and the end result is much improved colours and contrast.

So next time you’re out on a sunny day remember to look in the shade for your best photos.

Gavin Hoey