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Shooting in Bright Sun

Why brighter isn't always better






Florida Everglades


When Too Much Light Is Not Good

Bright sunlight, unfortunately, is usually more of a hindrance than a help for photographers.

The best pictures have rich, saturated colors, but in dazzling sunlight, many colors tend to glare brightly.

To compensate, underexpose by one-third or two-thirds of an F-stop. Bracketing with these two exposures will reveal what works best for a particular camera.


When trying to shoot objects under the water, especially very clear water like that in the Keys, the use of a polarizing filter will help "see through" the surface glare.

The glare on the water is like light reflected on a mirror. Depending on the angle of the light, it may not be possible to avoid the reflection. A polarizing filter is the only way to work around it. A porpoise or manatee, for example, becomes much more visible when the surface glare is reduced.

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