Thursday, January 9, 2014

Never shoot into the sun…not!

Everyone's heard this one: "always keep the sun behind you", otherwise horrible things will happen. Lens flare! Ghosting! You'll hurt the camera!

But one thing you'll notice is that if you watch enough movies, they ALWAYS seem to be shooting into the light. Why? Drama! Nothing adds drama more effectively than backlighting subjects, and even if you get a little lens flare, well, who really cares?

Modern multicoated lenses don't flare nearly as badly as the old single coated variety, and if the image is made more dramatic and effective by shooting towards the main light source, there's really no good reason not to try it. And as mentioned before, you'll also find backlighting to be more flattering with faces than direct hard light. So go for it!

Canon 1Ds Mark II with 24-70mm 2.8L lens

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