Sun flare can bring a little magic to an otherwise ordinary image. While in Denver a few weeks ago I knew my baby’s first time experiencing snow must include a little magic. Especially because when I was little I truly believed the snow was magic falling from the sky. I look at these images, and although it was cold, the apearance of the sun brings an overall warm feeling; and a special calmness and peace to the moment. Photography is all about a feeling an image brings to you. These images inspired me to share a few tips on sun flare with you:
Basic tips to achieve sun flare:
Use manual settings
. If you follow your camera’s metering, you will end up with a silhouette because it will try to compensate for the amount of light entering your lens. Instead, exposure for the subject.
Place the subject between you and the sun
. But you do not want to aim directly at the sun. Shoot with the sun off to the side, filtered through a tree, or as I did in the images above with the horizon and my boy’s body to help filter the sun. Try changing your camera angle slightly to watch the difference in flare and effects through your lens.
Shoot during the golden hours
when the sun is low. 1 – 2 hours before sunset or after sunrise.
Some of my favorite personal images from this year involve sun flare – here’s two portraits of my older children to help inspire you to use the magic of the sun:
Have fun practicing!