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10 golden secrets of great summer photography

Summer may seem like the best season for photography… but few pros would agree with this, even if they did not agree on which particular season was better. While the warmer weather and sunlight are looked forward to by people who live in temperate climates – for photographers the summer months are scorned upon because of the harsh overhead lighting, the ridiculously early dawns or the overpowering green of the vegetation. Us photographers can be a miserable bunch, can’t we?

Reasons to be cheerful

But there are plenty of reasons why the camera enthusiast should be happy that summer is here – the first of which must be the long hours of daylight. You can shoot dramatic landscapes and cityscapes in the heart of winter – but those moments where you luck out with the light are hard to come by; and some days everything is just grey, before turning to darkness midway through the afternoon. The longer the day, the more chance you have of great lighting conditions – whatever the weather – stacking the odds in favour of your nailing a worldie of a shot.

The second reason is that every season is unique, and particularly so when it comes to matters of nature. Summer brings with her a cornucopia of flowers that we don’t see at any time of the year, making this the most colourful time of the year in the garden. And the multitude of multicoloured blooms also brings out butterflies, bees, and migratory birds. For the nature photographer, summer is therefore one of the busiest times in the calendar.

Third, the summer brings a number of seasonal outdoor events – rock festivals, cricket, baseball, country fairs

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