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!