Don’t let the famous San Francisco fog put a damper on the colorful Summer photo scrapbook you were planning. Fake it ’till you make it with these colorful tips.
It’s Summer here at Lomography and we all know that means gorgeous weather, warm beaches, and beautiful skies for taking amazing pictures. But, no one told San Francisco to update the weather. In fact, we’re sort of known for missing the memo when it comes to Summer. A popular quote, although incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain, says, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” But, whoever said it didn’t have access to these cool tips and trick for faking fun in the sun! So, “be sure to wear a flower in your hair,” and come on a journey with us as we teach you how to fake a Summer in San Francisco.
Here is a typical shot of a Summer day in San Francisco. This was actually shot this year on July 2nd at around 2 p.m.. This will just not do for beach weather.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is head to your local big box or party supply store to buy a variety of colorful beach wear and pool accessories. Fake it ‘til you make it! We picked up a plastic flamingo, a kiddie pool, swim goggles, water wings, and—most important—BUBBLES! Don’t ignore the $1 stores and $1 aisles…the cheaper, the better because we both know you’re not going to actually be able to use these here in San Francisco without catching a severe case of the blues…frostbite blues, that is!
Next, head up to your roof…or someone else’s roof if you’re feeling really stealthy. You’re going to want to get as close to the sun as possible without going “full-Superman!” And, before you start to think San Francisco is all bad, the nice thing about all that fog and overcast is it acts as a great natural diffuser. Say good bye to harsh shadows!
Now, with those powers combined, we seriously need to add some color to this dreary day. One way to do this is to add some color filters in front of your camera. I picked up a pack of KOLA Color filters online for under $10. They have a whole rainbow to choose from, but for a good effect I recommend using orange to really heat up the scene! Yellow also works great.
However, I would recommend staying away from red unless you really want to look like the love child of Snooki and Lobster Man (You may be into that sort of thing…I won’t judge).
Don’t forget all those props you bought. I know it’s tough, but it’s worth lugging it up to the roof. I recommend getting a fancy summer themed cup for your drinks like the Pineapple we bought.
Secret Tip: You could fill this cup with hot tea to keep your hands warm in this cold, cold Summer.
And finally, nothing screams Summer in pictures better than bubbles. Just start blowing! (That’s what she said.) Plus, the hyperventilation might keep you distracted from the freezing air. Win-win!