How To Master Summer Photography

Summer can be one of the very best seasons for photography. With all the verdant colours of nature, bright sunshine and - at least some of the time - lots going on outdoors in the sunshine, there will be no end of opportunities.

If you are bringing food and drink into the picture, this can also be a great time to emphasise seasonal foods and means of presenting and preparing them, such as picnics and barbecues. That means summer fruits, cold salads and sizzling sausages and steaks from the outdoor grill.

A prime feature of the summer is the light. This means you won’t need to worry about enhancing it because the sun will be high in the sky. In London, for instance, it gets as high as 62 degrees in the midday sky in June. Moreover, the days can be very long, between 16 and 18 hours depending where in Britain you live.

That can make for some very fine sunrise and sunset pictures, especially in the far north where it stays very light until very late.

At the same time, bright light means you may need to apply filters or find a shady spot. If you are photographing food, however, and you want to make it stand out in the sun, it can help to have a dark backdrop board to avoid glare and provide a contrast of dark and light to allow the central object of the picture to stand out.

Of course, sometimes a bit of shade can capture the occasion better. Moreover, while you might want a close-up of certain food items in the sun, you could also get great pictures using a wider angle and less piercing light later in the day to capture the atmosphere of conviviality around the party food.  

What is for sure is that with so much daylight of varying brightness to play with and lots of colour and themes, you can experiment and produce a wide selection of different pictures.

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