Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my skies look white and washed out?
Can you change position?
If you position your subjects with bright sunlight behind them you’ll not only end up with distracting, dazzling backgrounds, but also a portrait with too much contrast and very little light actually falling on your subject.
Can you shoot in the shade?
Take outdoor portraits in the shade to produce an even light. Ask your subject to move out of the sun to remove any shadows from their face, and to reduce harsh highlights in the background.
No shade? Use fill flash
If there’s no shade and you want to shoot with the sunlight behind your subject, then use some ‘fill flash’ to fill in the shadows and capture a cracking, colourful portrait.
Use your on-camera flash, shoot in Av (Aperture Priority) mode and dial in -1 stop of Exposure Compensation to capture more colour and detail in the bright sky and background.
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