The Sun is a photographers friend, it provides the light necessary to take great photos, but the Sun can make a photographers job difficult at times. A photographer cannot take good pictures unless his body is turned so that the Sun, or other source of light is at an angle of about 45 degrees; it should never be directly behind him. The few exceptions to this rule are when it is sunset, dusk, or sunrise and there is equal light in most areas.
|"Virtually all of the
astronaut photos are of objects that are brightly illuminated by
the Sun, so to capture them on film without overexposing the image,
you need a relatively short exposure. These short exposures do not
provide enough time for the film to capture images of the
- Scott Kardel of Lake Afton Public Observatory
Photographers who want to photograph boats, fishing or other nautical scenes have difficulty. Shooting over water, particularly into the Sun, challenges any lens to control flare. Excess ultraviolet rays are also a problem in marine settings. Photographers use various techniques to overcome these situations including filters and special film.
In completely shadowless lighting, where the Sun is directly above, or on an overcast day it is very difficult for a photographer to perceive depth relationships. Objects will seem to blend into each other and not tend to separate as distinctly. When taking a portrait such conditions are usually less than ideal because it gives a feeling of no depth to the picture that shadows usually provide.
©Copyright 1998 Elizabeth
Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra.