Do Stare Directly into the Sun!


Hesitant to shoot directly into the sun, for fear that your subjects will be shadowy and backlit? Give it a try! You’ll find that the sun’s rays can illuminate your images with a beautiful, dreamy glare. Here’s how:

It’s often instinctual to make sure the sun is never directly behind your subjects if you want to avoid having look too dark and shadowy. Through a series of happy mistakes, however, I noticed that trying to include Mr. Sunshine in my pictures produced a beautiful, sparkly glare that enhances most of my pictures.

Let me illustrate what I mean. Here’s a picture I snapped at the beach with my Lomo Fisheye camera:

Now, here’s the same beach. In this shot, though, I pointed my camera a little bit higher so I caught the actual sun at the top of the picture. The sunlight just bursts through the picture, creating rays and orbs.

This is why I love lomography. You’ll almost never see this effect with a digital camera! I’ve tried this with the Lomo Fisheye and the Action Sampler, so far. I’m sure it will work with other cameras as well. Happy experimenting!

written by amor44 on 2011-05-12 #gear #tutorials #sun #camera #glare #tipster #sunburst #quickie-tipster #backlit #sparkle


  1. snow_963
    snow_963 ·

    i totally agree!!!

  2. willyboy
    willyboy ·

    Poor dog, all he wanted was a biscuit instead he got a Supersampler...

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    I see Waikiki ;D Goooo Hawaii!

  4. kcl2n311
    kcl2n311 ·

    very good!

  5. pete
    pete ·

    that's what i like to do on the fisheye too :)

  6. gm_mcleod
    gm_mcleod ·

    It works with the Diana F+ <a href="…" title="SunBurst"><img src="…" width="576" height="395" alt="SunBurst" /></a>

  7. pomps
    pomps ·

    I love the sun in photos thanks to my fisheye!

  8. t82
    t82 ·

    stared into the sun with my pinhole ;D…
    ...yes it's true !!

  9. chucknoz

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