1. Find an open, evenly shaded area.
The bright sun can create some harsh shadows that are not flattering to the face. When looking for a good spot for pictures, find an area that is open or creates an evenly shaded space. When I’m photographing someone, I always stop to see how the sun is hitting their face. If I see harsh shadows created by dappled sunlight through trees or other objects, I will move them until their face is free of those shadows.
2. Back against the sun.
When you’re positioning your kids for a picture in the snow, have their back to the sun. This will keep the sunlight from hitting their eyes and making them squint.
3. Increase the exposure.
Ok, so this is a little more technical, but it is a quick fix on your phone or DSLR camera that will make a huge difference. Because the sun is bright behind your subject and the snow in front of them is also bright, your camera automatically says “hey, it’s really bright out here” and will make your subject dark. That is why when you look at your pictures, the background is blown out but the subject is so dark, you can barely see him. To fix this, all you need to do is increase your exposure. This will make your subject brighter so that you can see their face. To do that on your iPhone, check out this tutorial. To do it on your DSLR, check your manual on increasing exposure. Every camera is different, but it will kind of look like this.
Here the exposure is set at zero. To increase it, you move it toward the right as seen below.
Now, the exposure is up by 2 stops. Play around with the exposure at different stops until you found the perfect settings.
Claudia Dalton Photography
Northern Virginia Family and Child Photographer
Claudia Dalton is a professional portrait artist specializing in family and children photography. She is very passionate about special education and has taught in the field for over 5 years. Based in Purcellville, Virginia, Claudia serves the Northern Virginia area, including, but not limited to Purcellville, Middleburg, Leesburg, Ashburn, Hamilton, Round Hill, Brambleton, Haymarket, Winchester, Aldie, South Riding, Broadlands, Berryville and surrounding areas.