Summer is a fantastic time, right? Hot weather, a bright sun and blue skies. Who could ask for more? Photographically speaking, I am sure that many of us can raise our hands. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone on a shoot during the summer only to have to contend with the blazing sun casting tons of dappled light on the scene all while being surrounded by a boring blue sky. Despite that, your job as a photographer is to work around the obstacles. It’s not like I just pack up my gear and head home. I do what I need to do to get comps that I’m happy with and then rely on my digital editing abilities to bring even more out of the frame.
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To give you an idea of how I work on summer photos, I recorded this video using ON1 Photo Raw 2017.5. It does a good job of laying out some of my rationale behind the filters I use and why they work for summery images. If you don’t currently own ON1 Photo Raw, you can download a free 30-day trial on their site.
I provided ON1 with the DNG of this photo and the preset created from this edit. You can download it for free by visiting their Spring into Summer page and clicking on the Download button below my video. Enjoy!