Softening harsh sunlight

Working out in the desert in the middle of the day is a difficult time to shoot as the bright sunlight causes harsh, unflattering shadows. But there are a few tricks you can try that will help soften the shadows and result in a far more flattering light.

Using an overhead scrim to diffuse the harsh sunlight, Karl shoots a series of images using minimal equipment. This valuable piece of photographic equipment softens the light and helps achieve wonderfully flattering light.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Natural light photography
  • How to soften harsh sunlight for photography
  • Tips for photographing in midday sun

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


    1. Thanks for the offer David but I’m sure my surfing skills would be pretty rubbish as I’ve never tried it. Tim our cameraman is a big surf fan so I’m sure he’d be up for it we head out that way again. If you’ve got scuba diving on the list i’ll be there! 🙂

  1. Karl, if shooting out when its bright like that what kind of polarizer do you suggest? Thanks in advance!

  2. Hi Karl,

    I noticed the comment above this one now is in Spanish and has not been answered yet. To translate, he is asking :”why exactly did you use a polarizing filter for this session? Greetings and good job friend. ”

    Am I correct to think it’s to darken the over exposed sky and bring in some detail as you are exposing for the dark subject in front which is the model?

    1. Thank you for the translation Jacques, I believe it was explained in the video but it was to make the foliage richer in colour and the sky bluer.

  3. Karl,
    That diffusion paper that comes on the roll could not be used like this sun-swatter? I take it that the roll paper would not stand up to the wind etc.?


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